Tripwire Survey: 73% of Federal IT Professionals Believe Networks Would Generate Unauthorized Access Alerts

insider threat, hackerA new Tripwire survey says 73 percent of information technology professionals in the federal government believe their IT systems would send e-mail notifications or alerts of non-privileged access to files within hours.

Tripwire said Thursday it commissioned market research firm Dimensional Research to poll 763 IT executives from different sectors, including 103 federal government respondents, in order to assess their confidence in seven security controls that aim to facilitate cyber attack detection in endpoint devices.

The study also found that nearly 80 percent of federal government participants said they could identify new devices on IT systems within hours, while 52 percent said they lack knowledge on the duration of the device detection process.

“Federal government agencies have a gap in identifying when data is accessed and how it’s shared,” said Tim Erlin, director of IT security and risk strategy at Tripwire.

“We can expect more breaches to occur until these gaps are addressed.”

Tripwire also noted that 58 percent of the respondents said their automated platforms fail to identify data necessary detect unwarranted endpoint device configuration changes, while 48 percent of survey participants from federal agencies said network vulnerabilities go unresolved within a month.

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