Computer security (11 - 20 of 50 items)
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...
Information Security: IRS Needs to Continue to Address Significant Weaknesses
GAO-10-355: Published: Mar 19, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2010.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relies extensively on computerized systems to carry out its demanding responsibilities to collect taxes, process tax returns, and enforce the nation's tax laws. Effective information security controls are essential to protect financial and taxpayer information from inadvertent or deliberate misuse, improper disclosure, or destruction. As part of its audit of IRS'...
Information Security: Agencies Continue to Report Progress, but Need to Mitigate Persistent Weaknesses
GAO-09-546: Published: Jul 17, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2009.
For many years, GAO has reported that weaknesses in information security are a widespread problem that can have serious consequences--such as intrusions by malicious users, compromised networks, and the theft of intellectual property and personally identifiable information--and has identified information security as a governmentwide high-risk issue since 1997. Concerned by reports of significant v...
Federal Information Security Issues
GAO-09-817R: Published: Jun 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2009.
This letter responds to congressional request that GAO address additional questions arising from the May 19, 2009, hearing on federal information security held by the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement. In that hearing, we discussed the current state of information security throughout the federal government and agency efforts to comply with the requirements of the...
Information Security: Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities Place Federal Systems at Risk
GAO-09-661T: Published: May 5, 2009. Publicly Released: May 5, 2009.
Information security is a critical consideration for any organization that depends on information systems and computer networks to carry out its mission or business. It is especially important for government agencies, where maintaining the public's trust is essential. The need for a vigilant approach to information security has been demonstrated by the pervasive and sustained computerbased (cyber)...
Information Security: Further Actions Needed to Address Risks to Bank Secrecy Act Data
GAO-09-195: Published: Jan 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2009.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau within the Department of the Treasury, relies extensively on its own computer systems, as well as those at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Communications System (TCS), to administer the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and fulfill its mission of safeguarding the U.S. financial system from financial crimes. Effective information...
Nuclear Security: Los Alamos National Laboratory Faces Challenges In Sustaining Physical and Cyber Security Improvements
GAO-08-1180T: Published: Sep 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2008.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is one of three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories that designs and develops nuclear weapons for the U.S. stockpile. LANL employees rely on sensitive and classified information and assets that are protected at different levels, depending on the risks posed if they were lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised. However, LANL has experien...
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...
Federal Reserve Banks: Areas for Improvement in Information Security Controls
GAO-08-836R: Published: Jun 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2008.
In connection with fulfilling our requirement to audit the financial statements of the U.S. government, we audited and reported on the Schedules of Federal Debt Managed by the Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2007 and 2006. As part of these audits, we performed a review of the general and application information security controls over key financial systems m...
Information Security: FDIC Sustains Progress but Needs to Improve Configuration Management of Key Financial Systems
GAO-08-564: Published: May 30, 2008. Publicly Released: May 30, 2008.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has a demanding responsibility enforcing banking laws, regulating financial institutions, and protecting depositors. Effective information security controls are essential to ensure that FDIC systems and information are adequately protected from inadvertent misuse, fraudulent, or improper disclosure. As part of its audit of FDIC's 2007 financial stat...