The U.S. Federal Government continues to struggle with the same cybersecurity challenges that most verticals are wrestling with, but against a different set of obstacles that other markets don’t usually face. In the Global edition of the Thales 2018 Data Threat Report, we noted that the breach counts continue to mount, even in the face of rising security budgets. This is certainly true of the U.S. Federal sector, which has experienced a higher rate of breaches in the past year than any other sector. While the U.S. Federal sector has the highest number of respondents – by a wide margin – who are expecting IT security spending to increase, overall Federal IT budgets are plummeting. Indeed, despite the encouraging spending results, budgetary constraints also look as the primary obstacle for U.S. Federal agencies to deploy data security more broadly.