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Watchdog Says U.S. Cyber Agency Lacks a Plan for Communicating During Major Hacks

Additional work remains to safeguard federal networks

More than two years after an alleged Russian hacking campaign exposed glaring weakness in U.S. federal defenses, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) cyber agency has not updated a key agency blueprint for maintaining communications in the event of a major hack, the department's inspector general said Monday.

The watchdog's finding highlights the continued fallout from the 2020 Russian cyber-espionage campaign, which infiltrated at least nine U.S. federal agencies and prompted major changes to U.S. cybersecurity policy.

In the two years since the campaign's discovery, DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has "improved its ability to detect and mitigate risks from major cyberattacks, but work remains to safeguard federal networks," the inspector general’s report says.

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