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GAO Report Shows Pervasive Vulnerabilities in Critical Federal Information Systems

Los Alamos' Supercomputer Nicknamed 'Roadrunner.' Via New York Times.

A new GAO report released today details significant weaknesses within the federal information system infrastructure and the security controls used by federal agencies. The study documents that in 2008, 23 out of 24 agencies were found to have pervasive vulnerabilities in major categories of information security controls.

Specifically, agencies failed to “consistently authenticate users to prevent unauthorized access to systems; apply encryption to protect sensitive data; and log, audit, and monitor security-relevant events, among other actions.”  The study also notes that there has been a 200 percent increase in reported security incidents from federal agencies between 2006 and 2008.  For the full report, click here. (for highlights, click here).

This report comes on the heels of a report released in October, detailing the critical flaws affecting Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The National Nuclear Security Administration oversees the laboratory, which is managed by Los Alamos National Security, a consortium of contractors.

Expenditures for Classified Computer Network. Via GAO.


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