Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The federal government is caught in a mess of its own making. It has been hacked twice -- in the Office of Personnel Management and most recently, the Army's web site. Millions of records have been compromised, and it makes agencies and departments look stupid, especially since they are worried about hacking outside of the government, such as the public utility power grid. One would think that the feds would get their own house in order before worrying about the rest of the nation, but that is often not the way. Bureaucracy is often "Do as I say not as I do." Such hacking incidents scar the reputation of the government and open it to deserved mockery. The proper public relations approach would be to seal its systems first and then to use itself as a model for others to follow. It won't be perfect because hackers look for new ways of entry constantly, but prevention of most incidents should be enough.