After 35 days, has explained to President Donald Trump, the longest Shutdown in US history, for the time being. He threatened but, to repeat the government to a standstill, if it is up to 15. February come to any “fair Deal”.

the budget crisis, the week long a lot of government presented here are also of concern to IT professionals. The Shutdown has therefore may also have long-term effects on the IT security of the country.

“Understaffed IT departments are slower to respond and easy to overlook potential problems in their haste rather, what provides the opponents a greater chance of success,” says Beau Woods, Cyber-Safety, Innovation Fellow at US Think Tank Atlantic Council, of the MIRROR. The attacker would have been able to penetrate in the last 35 days, therefore, easier in networks of US government institutions, as under normal circumstances.

hundreds of staff for the defense of cyber attacks National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCICC) had been processed despite the lack of pay during the shutdown, at least for basic tasks, according to the Tech magazine, “Federal Computer Week”. Other projects, such as the strengthening of the IT security in elections, and long-term programmes for the prevention of espionage and digital attacks had to be frozen.

brain drain in the IT sector

the Shutdown has become the work in the service of the government even less attractive than before. Hundreds of thousands of government employees had to get along in the past few weeks, without salary, Top scientists earned something by working for Lyft as a driver. Although the content should payments be made in the course of this week, many government employees now pay off debt, some are forced eviction and even homeless.

employees from the areas of IT and information security would not have lost in the past few weeks, only your paycheck, but also the Motivation to protect her country, believes cyber security expert Beau Woods. “Because your Talent is in demand on the market, it is understandable that many are looking now for a Job elsewhere,” he says. However, with the loss of experienced staff the Problem for US is not to be done by authorities. In the future, the recruitment of new IT professionals is likely to be more difficult.

“It will take a very long time, until we return after the Shutdown, back to normal,” says Maggie Feldman-Piltch, “NatSecGirlSquad”, a network for Experts in the field of National security and defence. Many from the Shutdown Affected not to be hired also, but the service provider or freelancer – is not guaranteed financial compensation for this group because of it. “But even those who get their salary paid, expected a hard time if you come back after more than 35 days to the office,” Maggie Feldman-Piltch.

About 300 from the Shutdown Affected, especially from the justice, Foreign and the Department of homeland security, have turned to Feldman-Piltch. Your network had been transformed during the shutdown to a temporary catch-all umbrella for government employees. At events and over the Internet-mediated “NatSecGirlSquad” about the project and job openings, help with job applications or collecting donations to support the victims with food or tickets.

websites are no longer accessible

Clearly, the impact of the shutdown at more than 130 sites of government agencies, which were no longer temporarily due to expired security certificates distance were visible. “Expired certificates are relatively fast,” says Jeremy Gillula, Director of Tech projects at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “The damage cannot be made good again: users will not be able to come in during the shutdown to the information and services they needed.”

How about consumer work the protection of platforms, such as reporting systems for identity theft or fraudulent automated calls not more. Users were also more vulnerable to digital attacks. “I think it will take a long time until everything is back to normal,” says Gillula. “And if another Shutdown should take place, will encounter the same security issues again.”