The Growing Risk to Uncle Sam’s Outdated Computer Network

One challenge president-elect Donald Trump must confront when he takes office: Upgrading the world’s largest IT system. The state of much of the federal government’s information technology is dismal, with huge swaths of IT in dire need of modernization. A survey commissioned by Dell last summer noted that the federal government had an “alarming” reliance on legacy hardware and software. “We have to stop kicking the can down the road regarding modernization,” says Cameron Chehreh, chief technology officer of Dell EMC Federal.

How bad are things? Our nuclear arsenal still uses floppy discs and tax information runs on top of 1950s computer code. Many agencies have no plans for upgrading outdated systems.

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