Legacy systems rank No. 1 among federal IT execs' top cybersecurity challenges

The most-cited challenge federal agencies face in cybersecurity are vulnerabilities from aging applications and technologies, according to a survey by Grant Thornton and the Professional Services Council.

For the survey, the professional services firm Grant Thornton interviewed and surveyed 313 IT executives from 29 federal agencies, including CIOs, chief information security officers and chief data officers.

Here are the top five areas IT executives cited as challenges to cybersecurity, beginning with the most challenging.

1. Vulnerabilities from aging applications and technologies

2. Human error

3. Malware

4. Phishing campaigns

5. Internet-facing attacks, such as distributed denial-of-service attacks

Click here to view the full survey.

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