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Cybersecurity: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Improve Research and Development
GAO-10-466: Published: Jun 3, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2010.
Computer networks and infrastructures, on which the United States and much of the world rely to communicate and conduct business, contain vulnerabilities that can leave them susceptible to unauthorized access, disruption, or attack. Investing in research and development (R&D) is essential to protect critical systems and to enhance the cybersecurity of both the government and the private sector. Fe...
Information Security: Governmentwide Guidance Needed to Assist Agencies in Implementing Cloud Computing
GAO-10-855T: Published: Jul 1, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2010.
Cloud computing, an emerging form of computing where users have access to scalable, on-demand capabilities that are provided through Internet-based technologies, reportedly has the potential to provide information technology services more quickly and at a lower cost, but also to introduce information security risks. Accordingly, GAO was asked to testify on the benefits and risks of moving federal...
Information Security: Federal Guidance Needed to Address Control Issues with Implementing Cloud Computing
GAO-10-513: Published: May 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2010.
Cloud computing, an emerging form of computing where users have access to scalable, on-demand capabilities that are provided through Internet-based technologies, has the potential to provide information technology services more quickly and at a lower cost, but also to introduce information security risks. Accordingly, GAO was asked to (1) identify the models of cloud computing, (2) identify the in...
Information Security: Agencies Need to Implement Federal Desktop Core Configuration Requirements
GAO-10-202: Published: Mar 12, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2010.
The increase in security incidents and continuing weakness in security controls on information technology systems at federal agencies highlight the continuing need for improved information security. To standardize and strengthen agencies' security, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), launched the Federal Deskto...
Information Security: Concerted Effort Needed to Consolidate and Secure Internet Connections at Federal Agencies
GAO-10-237: Published: Mar 12, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2010.
To reduce the threat to federal systems and operations posed by cyber attacks on the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched, in November 2007, the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative, and later, in 2008, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), operationally known as Einstein, became mandatory for federal agen...
Information Security: Concerted Response Needed to Resolve Persistent Weaknesses
GAO-10-536T: Published: Mar 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2010.
Without proper safeguards, federal computer systems are vulnerable to intrusions by individuals who have malicious intentions and can obtain sensitive information. The need for a vigilant approach to information security has been demonstrated by the pervasive and sustained cyber attacks against the United States; these attacks continue to pose a potentially devastating impact to systems as well as...
Cybersecurity: Progress Made but Challenges Remain in Defining and Coordinating the Comprehensive National Initiative
GAO-10-338: Published: Mar 5, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2010.
In response to the ongoing threats to federal systems and operations posed by cyber attacks, President Bush established the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) in 2008. This initiative consists of a set of projects aimed at reducing vulnerabilities, protecting against intrusions, and anticipating future threats. GAO was asked to determine (1) what actions have been taken to deve...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Needs to Better Address Its Cybersecurity Responsibilities
GAO-08-1157T: Published: Sep 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2008.
Recent cyber attacks demonstrate the potentially devastating impact these pose to our nation's computer systems and to the federal operations and critical infrastructures that they support. They also highlight that we need to be vigilant against individuals and groups with malicious intent, such as criminals, terrorists, and nation-states perpetuating these attacks. Federal law and policy establis...
Information Security: Federal Agency Efforts to Encrypt Sensitive Information Are Under Way, but Work Remains
GAO-08-525: Published: Jun 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2008.
Many federal operations are supported by automated systems that may contain sensitive information such as national security information that, if lost or stolen, could be disclosed for improper purposes. Compromises of sensitive information at numerous federal agencies have raised concerns about the extent to which such information is vulnerable. The use of technological controls such as encryption...
Information Security: Progress Reported, but Weaknesses at Federal Agencies Persist
GAO-08-571T: Published: Mar 12, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2008.
Information security is especially important for federal agencies, where the public's trust is essential and poor information security can have devastating consequences. Since 1997, GAO has identified information security as a governmentwide high-risk issue in each of our biennial reports to Congress. Concerned by reports of significant weaknesses in federal computer systems, Congress passed the F...