Twenty days in and the government still may be shut down as lawmakers maintain an impasse over funding a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, but that doesn’t mean hackers are off the clock or that key government systems aren’t vulnerable.

“I do not expect a cyber catastrophe. Operational, mission-critical employees are mostly designated as essential, and so we can expect that network monitoring will continue and cybersecurity incidents will get an appropriate response,” Phil Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), wrote in a recent blog post.

“Since bad actors do not operate according to Capitol Hill's timetable, they will not stop and might even increase their attempts to penetrate our vulnerable energy grids, financial information, military bases, and telecommunication networks,” said SOSA CEO Uzi Scheffer, who explained that the shutdown “could cause long-lasting damage to the country.”

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