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Government Shutdown Could Severely Impact U.S. Cybersecurity

September 29, 2023

As the clock ticks down to another potential shutdown of the U.S. federal government, concerns are mounting over the impact such an event could have on the cybersecurity of the United States.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the agency tasked with safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure and defending against cyber threats, is facing the possibility of losing a significant portion of its workforce. CISA is estimated to retain only 571 out of its 3,117 employees if a shutdown occurs, according to a document released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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