Computer Security:

Improvements Needed to Reduce Risk to Critical Federal Operations and Assets

GAO-02-231T: Published: Nov 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2001.

Additional Materials:


Robert F. Dacey
(202) 512-3317


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Federal agencies rely extensively on computer systems and electronic data to support their missions. The security of these systems is essential to avoiding disruptions in critical operations and to prevent data tampering, fraud, and inappropriate disclosure of sensitive information. GAO analyzed information security audits and evaluations at 24 major federal departments and agencies since July 2000. This testimony summarizes (1) the pervasive weaknesses that led GAO to begin reporting information security as a government-wide high-risk issue in 1997, (2) the serious risks that these weaknesses pose at selected agencies and common weaknesses that agencies need to address to improve their information security programs, and (3) the importance of establishing strong agency-wide security management programs and developing a comprehensive government-wide strategy for improvement.

Sep 17, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

Sep 6, 2018

Jul 31, 2018

Jul 25, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

Jun 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

Apr 24, 2018

Mar 7, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here