chicksdaddy writes: "There’s been a lot of light and heat in the last week when it comes to the U.S. government and cyber security. But a just-released report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) makes clear that, in the big scheme of things, the Executive Order is just window dressing on the mess that is the Federal Government’s handling of cyber security.The report, GAO-13-187 (PDF), is a round-up and updating of previous reports that studied aspects of federal cyber security as they affect a wide range of federal agencies. The GAO’s conclusion? Uncle Sam has made negligible progress towards improving the security of its information systems, and has little to show in key areas such as responding to cyber incidents, promoting R&D on cyber security tools and technology and educating its workforce about cybersecurity. Nor is the federal government better prepared to respond to cyber attacks, despite a 782% increase in them in the last six years. In short Uncle Sam needs a plan, GAO found."