Cyber Risks Loom Ever Larger For Government Contractors

By Dietrich Knauth (September 23, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT) -- Government contractors' cybersecurity practices are coming under increasing scrutiny from the government, and recent events highlight the unique risks and vulnerabilities that companies face when they hold valuable government data.

Government and contractor networks are under continuous threat from cyberattack, and security and reporting remain serious challenges, as shown by a Sept. 17 Senate report on successful attacks on the networks and databases of U.S. Transportation Command contractors. 

The fallout for contractors, especially ones that rely principally on the government for business, can be significant if cyberattacks cause the government to lose faith in them, as has happened to embattled U.S....

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