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Information Security: Actions Needed to Better Protect Los Alamos National Laboratory's Unclassified Computer Network
GAO-08-1001: Published: Sep 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2008.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which is operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), has experienced security lapses protecting information on its unclassified computer network. The unclassified network contains sensitive information. GAO (1) assessed the effectiveness of the security controls LANL has in place to protect information transmitted over its unclassifie...
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...
Veterans Affairs: Sustained Management Commitment and Oversight Are Essential to Completing Information Technology Realignment and Strengthening Information Security
GAO-07-1264T: Published: Sep 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2007.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has encountered numerous challenges in managing its information technology (IT) and securing its information systems. In October 2005, the department initiated a realignment of its IT program to provide greater authority and accountability over its resources. The May 2006 security incident highlighted the need for additional actions to secure personal inform...
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: Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federal Information Systems
GAO-05-231: Published: May 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2005.
Federal agencies are facing a set of emerging cybersecurity threats that are the result of increasingly sophisticated methods of attack and the blending of once distinct types of attack into more complex and damaging forms. Examples of these threats include spam (unsolicited commercial e-mail), phishing (fraudulent messages to obtain personal or sensitive data), and spyware (software that monitors...
Information Security: Improving Oversight of Access to Federal Systems and Data by Contractors Can Reduce Risk
GAO-05-362: Published: Apr 22, 2005. Publicly Released: May 23, 2005.
The federal government increasingly relies on information technology (IT) systems to provide essential services affecting the health, economy, and defense of the nation. To assist in providing these important services, the federal government relies extensively on contractors to provide IT services and systems. In addition to contractors that provide systems and services to the federal government,...
Information Security: Continued Efforts Needed to Sustain Progress in Implementing Statutory Requirements
GAO-05-483T: Published: Apr 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2005.
For many years, GAO has reported that poor information security is a widespread problem that has potentially devastating consequences. Further, since 1997, GAO has identified information security as a governmentwide high-risk issue in reports to Congress--most recently in January 2005. Concerned with accounts of attacks on commercial systems via the Internet and reports of significant weaknesses i...
Information Security: Agencies Need to Implement Consistent Processes In Authorizing Systems for Operation
GAO-04-376: Published: Jun 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2004.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires agencies to certify the security controls of their information systems and to formally authorize and accept the risk associated with their operation (a process known as accreditation). These processes support requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). Further, OMB requires agencies to report the number of syst...
Information Security: Agencies Face Challenges in Implementing Effective Software Patch Management Processes
GAO-04-816T: Published: Jun 2, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2004.
Flaws in software code can introduce vulnerabilities that may be exploited to cause significant damage to federal information systems. Such risks continue to grow with the increasing speed, sophistication, and volume of reported attacks, as well as the decreasing period of the time from vulnerability announcement to attempted exploits. The process of applying software patches to fix flaws--patch m...