US government is usually ‘exceptionally vulnerable’ to cyberattacks, security expert says

The United States is usually “vulnerable” to cybersecurity attacks as well as need to step up their defense mechanisms, the co-founder of the computer security firm CrowdStrike told CNBC Saturday.

Recent cyberattacks, including NotPetya last June, have been devastating to American companies, causing them hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. additional attacks, such as the cybersecurity breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in 2015, have reportedly given key information to governments like China’s of which can be used to blackmail American citizens working with sensitive intelligence.

As a result, the item is usually urgent of which U.S. authorities become better at protecting their networks, Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder as well as chief technology officer at CrowdStrike told CNBC at the Munich Security Conference.

“The U.S. government is usually actually exceptionally vulnerable,” he said.

Despite the “very not bad” intelligence operations inside U.S., “their procurement process is usually so archaic of which they are not actually able to buy the technologies they need to protect themselves fast enough,” Alperovitch said.

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