Information security (121 - 130 of 264 items)
Financial Market Preparedness: Significant Progress Has Been Made, but Pandemic Planning and Other Challenges Remain
GAO-07-399: Published: Mar 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2007.
This is GAO's third report since the September 11 terrorist attacks that assesses progress that market participants and regulators have made to ensure the security and resiliency of our securities markets. This report examined (1) actions taken to improve the markets' capabilities to prevent and recover from attacks; (2) actions taken to improve disaster response and increase telecommunications re...
Privacy: Lessons Learned about Data Breach Notification
GAO-07-657: Published: Apr 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2007.
A May 2006 data breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other similar incidents since then have heightened awareness of the importance of protecting computer equipment containing personally identifiable information and responding effectively to a breach that poses privacy risks. GAO's objective was to identify lessons learned from the VA data breach and other similar federal data bre...
Information Security: Persistent Weaknesses Highlight Need for Further Improvement
GAO-07-751T: Published: Apr 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2007.
For many years, GAO has reported that weaknesses in information security are a widespread problem with potentially devastating consequences--such as intrusions by malicious users, compromised networks, and the theft of personally identifiable information. In reports to Congress since 1997, GAO has identified information security as a governmentwide high-risk issue. Concerned by reports of signific...
Information Security: Further Efforts Needed to Address Significant Weaknesses at the Internal Revenue Service
GAO-07-364: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collected about $2.5 trillion in tax payments and paid about $277 billion in refunds. Because IRS relies extensively on computerized systems, effective information security controls are essential to ensuring that financial and taxpayer information is adequately protected from inadvertent or deliberate misuse, fraudulent use, improper disclosu...
Information Security: Sustained Progress Needed to Strengthen Controls at the Securities and Exchange Commission
GAO-07-256: Published: Mar 27, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2007.
In carrying out its mission to ensure that securities markets are fair, orderly, and efficiently maintained, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relies extensively on computerized systems. Integrating effective information security controls into a layered control strategy is essential to ensure that SEC's financial and sensitive information is protected from inadvertent or deliberate misu...
Information Security: Veterans Affairs Needs to Address Long-Standing Weaknesses
GAO-07-532T: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
Security breaches at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other public and private organizations have highlighted the importance of well-designed and implemented information security programs. GAO was asked to testify on its past work on VA's information security program, as well as ongoing reviews that it is conducting at VA. In developing its testimony, GAO drew on over 15 of its previous...
Information Security: Agencies Need to Develop and Implement Adequate Policies for Periodic Testing
GAO-07-65: Published: Oct 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2006.
Agencies rely extensively on computerized information systems and electronic data to carry out their missions. To ensure the security of the information and information systems that support critical operations and infrastructure, federal law and policy require agencies to periodically test and evaluate the effectiveness of their information security controls at least annually. GAO was asked to eva...
Managing Sensitive Information: DOJ Needs a More Complete Staffing Strategy for Managing Classified Information and a Set of Internal Controls for Other Sensitive Information
GAO-07-83: Published: Oct 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2006.
The September 11 attacks showed that agencies must balance the need to protect and share sensitive information to prevent future attacks. Agencies classify this information or designate it sensitive but unclassified to protect and limit access to it. The National Archives' Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) assesses agencies' classification management programs, and in July 2004 and April...
Information Security: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Needs to Improve Controls over Key Communication Network
GAO-06-750: Published: Aug 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2006.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a component within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is responsible for overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs--the nation's largest health insurance programs--which benefit about one in every four Americans. CMS relies on a contractor-owned and operated network to facilitate communication and data transmission among CMS b...
Information Security: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Needs to Improve Its Program
GAO-06-620: Published: Aug 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2006.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has a demanding responsibility enforcing banking laws, regulating financial institutions, and protecting depositors. The corporation relies extensively on computerized systems to support and carry out its financial and mission-related operations. As part of the audit of the calendar year 2005 financial statements, GAO assessed (1) the progress FDIC...