Guest Post: 99% Of US Government Employees Run Outdated Android OSs Says Atlas VPN

Shockingly, 99.2% of US government Android users run outdated operating systems, exposing themselves to hundreds of vulnerabilities. 

Let’s not forget that due to COVID-19, the majority of government employees had to shift rapidly to remote-work. Meaning, workers started to use their mobile devices to access government data more than ever before, in turn creating a vast attack surface for cybercriminals.

According to Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, “These figures are a massive concern since government agencies store extremely sensitive information. If that data falls into the wrong hands, it could cause large-scale havoc.”

Diving into the analysis, it appears that as many as 22.8% of the US government workers still use the Android 8 operating system. 

This version of OS is called Android Oreo and was released to the public on August 21, 2017. This operating system has 636 known vulnerabilities. We can expect countless new attack vectors to surface as time goes by.

Moving forward, 28.2% of federal, state, and local government employees use the Android 9 operating system. According to publicly available data, this OS has 173 publicly known vulnerabilities. This Android version is known as Android Pie and was released to the world on August 6, 2018.

Next up is Android 10, the most popular operating system amongst the US government employees. Over 38.3% of workers run this OS on their Android devices. This operating system has more than 266 vulnerabilities known to date and was originally released on September 3, 2019.

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