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

U.S. government: number of cyber security incidents 2016, by department This statistic shows the number of cyber attacks directed against selected U.S. government departments and agencies in FY 2016, by attack vector. During the reported period, the Department of Health and Human Services encountered a total of 8,121 cyber security incidents, 693 of which were e-mail or phishing-related attacks.
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Department of DefenseDepartment of EducationDepartment of EnergyDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of StateDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of Veterans AffairsNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationSocial Security Administration
Attrition018611100769
Email/phishing37799969379119116107319926
Extermal/removable media1324918311049111
Impersonation/spoofing307700001753
Improper usage24989801,4451306852401553141196
Loss or theft of equipment1875019788452,022231541942743
Web159111511,4584214489221,01567840
Other771116733,466818313543226455391,221
Multiple attack vectors1291311531914114697727
Department of DefenseDepartment of EducationDepartment of EnergyDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of StateDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of Veterans AffairsNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationSocial Security Administration
Attrition018611100769
Email/phishing37799969379119116107319926
Extermal/removable media1324918311049111
Impersonation/spoofing307700001753
Improper usage24989801,4451306852401553141196
Loss or theft of equipment1875019788452,022231541942743
Web159111511,4584214489221,01567840
Other771116733,466818313543226455391,221
Multiple attack vectors1291311531914114697727

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This statistic shows the number of cyber attacks directed against selected U.S. government departments and agencies in FY 2016, by attack vector. During the reported period, the Department of Health and Human Services encountered a total of 8,121 cyber security incidents, 693 of which were e-mail or phishing-related attacks.
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Release date
March 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
Fiscal year 2016
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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