Cyber attacks against US government growing at rapid pace

Cyber attacks against US government growing at rapid pace

Data security breaches continue to soar against companies in all types of industries, and there's no exception when it comes to the U.S. government.

According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, federal agency network security incidents have grown by 650 percent in the past five years. In 2006, the number of attacks was 5,503 and, according to the study, this figure has grown to to 41,776 in 2011.

"Each of the 24 agencies reviewed had weaknesses in information security controls," said the study. "An underlying reason for these weaknesses is that agencies have not fully implemented their information security programs."

This has made federal agencies vulnerable to both external and internal attacks.

Since data security remains an issue for governments across the globe, the U.S. hopes greater collaboration with other countries can help it defend against hackers. In July, the U.S. government reached an agreement with India to share materials pertaining to cyber threats. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in New Delhi by deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute.