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What the Government Shutdown Teaches Us about Cybersecurity

What the Government Shutdown Teaches Us about CybersecurityAs lawmakers face a Friday deadline to prevent the federal government from closing a second time, we examine the cost to the digital domain, both public and private.

The partial shutdown of the US government last month prevented ranchers from applying for farm loans, Coast Guard personnel from getting paid, and tourists from visiting the Smithsonian Institution. It also had an impact on cybersecurity. For example, the security certificates used by more than 130 US government websites expired, which made it easier for threat actors to trick people into visiting malicious sites that masquerade as legitimate government sites, until they were renewed when the government reopened.

This week, as lawmakers face a Friday deadline to prevent a second closure, the negative impact on the public and private sectors is in danger of repeating. Here's what's at stake.

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