The U.S. government"s computer systems are more secure than they were a year ago but still need much improvement, according to a congressional report released Tuesday.
The federal government received an overall computer-security grade of "D" from the House subcommittee on technology and information policy, up from a failing grade of "F" last year.
"Progress is still too slow for my satisfaction," said subcommittee Chairman Adam Putnam, Republican of Florida. "We must do more and do it quicker if we are going to protect ourselves from a potential digital disaster."
Fourteen agencies improved their grades, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Science Foundation each received an "A." The Social Security Administration received a "B+" and the Department of Labor received a "B," but every other agency received a grade of "C" or below.
Eight agencies, including the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, received failing grades.