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Most Federal Government Websites Lack Basic Security

HTTPS and DNSSEC not used across the board on agency websites despite federal requirements to do so.

The majority of federal agency websites fail to meet basic standards for security as well as for speed and mobile-friendliness.

That’s the finding from a new study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which says 92% of the 297 most popular fed websites lacked security basics, as well as proper performance and accessibility to people with disabilities. The study is based on a November 2016 analysis of the websites.

Alan McQuinn, the ITIF research analyst who headed up the project, says executive agencies “generally fared better than the non-executive agencies” when it comes to security as well as accessibility and convenience standards.

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