By Adam Mazmanian
The way the government buys technology can constrain efforts to protect federal systems from cybersecurity threats, says Michael Daniel, the top White House advisor on cybersecurity.
Federal agencies continue to rely on legacy systems that are vulnerable to intrusions and hard to secure. “The burden of legacy in government is a huge one,” Daniel said at the Billington Cybersecurity Conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17. Government is struggling with the problem of how to move off of old systems. “We have architectures and hardware and software in places that is indefensible, no matter how much money and talent we put on it. We don’t have a good process for moving off,” Daniel said.