Story excerpt provided by Nextgov.

Written by Joseph Marks.

Government contractors are typically less digitally secure than the federal agencies they’re contracting with, according to a Thursday study from the cybersecurity ratings firm BitSight.

Health care, defense and aerospace contractors demonstrated better security than other categories in the study, while engineering, technology and manufacturing contractors came in last.

The average scores for all those contractor categories underperformed the average score for federal agencies. The study, however, was based largely on public information and a type of internet scanning of 1,212 contractors and 122 agencies.

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