If the Feds can’t update anti-malware software?

May 27th, 2009 Rob Douglas

Just about every day, a story is published somewhere across the country documenting the failure of a local, state or federal government agency to protect critical information – including the personal identifying information (PII) Americans trust the government to keep out of the hands of identity thieves.

Perhaps, because of the volume of these reports, we’ve all become immune to the inability of our government to maintain the security of our nation’s secrets – much less our personal information. 

Perhaps, we excuse our government officials based on the defensible belief that information security is a complex issue and, therefore, information can never be completely secured from all threats. 

Realistically, both factors are in play.

But, the story today from SC Magazine that the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation fell victim to a computer virus last week because a software security patch wasn’t installed documents an inexcusable security failure on behalf of the federal government.

Why?

Because the patch in question has been available since October of last year.

This leaves me wondering.  How can we as citizens trust the federal government to run our financial, auto and health care industries if they can’t even install run-of-the-mill security patches on computers?

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