U.S. government: number of cyber security incidents FY 2016-2018, by department

During the most recent fiscal year, the Department of Health and Human Services encountered a total of 9,678 cyber security incidents, 885 of which were e-mail or phishing-related attacks. Overall, the HHS was ranked first in terms of cyber attacks, ahead of the Department of State, which had 4,560 cyber attacks directed against it in the fiscal yeah 2018.

Number of reported cyber attacks directed against selected departments and agencies of the U.S. government from FY 2016 to FY 2018

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Release date

August 2019


United States

Survey time period

FY 2016 to 2018

Special properties

agency-reported incidents; US-CERT incidents

Supplementary notes

US-CERT is a division within DHS charged with responding to major information security incidents

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