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Report: Feds Need Security

Weaknesses in VPN connections, faulty firewalls, and a lack of customized security solutions are opening up the US Government's back-end systems to potential fraud, sabotage, and destruction, warns the latest research from analyst firm Input.

Post 9/11, these security technologies are becoming increasingly important when it comes to safeguarding the servers and storage that run federal departments and agencies.

The study predicts that cyber-security spending amongst civilian government agencies will grow by 27 percent by 2009. Planned IT security spending for civilian agencies for 2005 is around $1.6 billion, say analysts, although this figure is set to rise to just over $2 billion over the next four years.

Input analyst Michael Bogart says that most of this growth will be in agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security as well energy, transportation, and health and human services.

James Rogers, Site Editor, Next-Gen Data Center Forum

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