The research shows that at the federal level, NASA and the State Dept. struggled most with security performance, but there were far more local branches of government with problematic security practices.
But some of the federal agencies were more susceptible to attacks because their large size makes it difficult to roll out security patches.
But the Obama administration wants to fix that. With just a few months left in office, the president recently proposed a hike in budget spending as part of an effort to turn cybersecurity and data protection as a top priority in government.
The $5 billion increase to $19 billion in total funding will also carve out $3.1 billion for upgrading technologies and networks across various federal agencies.