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Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

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Feb 10, 2019 7:00 AM 2+ mon ago

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed staff returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Two weeks out from the longest government shutdown in United States history--and with the possibility of another still looming--government employees are still scrambling to mitigate impacts on federal cybersecurity defenses. And the stakes are high.

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs. The job was already hard enough without having to play catch-up.

"There's tension in the air," says Christopher Kennedy, chief information security officer at the network security firm AttackIQ who spent more than 10 years as a federal security contractor for agencies like the Treasury, Department of Commerce and US Marines Corps. "As ...

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