Halloween may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some scary things creeping up on federal IT professionals and security managers as the year winds down.
Chief among these haunts is the dreaded specter of network downtime. It lurks in the background, ready to pounce at the most unexpected and inopportune moments. It brings with it the nightmare of slow application performance, lost productivity, and average hourly costs that can swell into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Security hazards are a fact of life and the public sector is a leading target for attacks. Despite progress and increased risk awareness, government hacks and security breaches are skyrocketing. There were almost 61,000 attacks on the federal government in 2013.