19 June 2007 | 5,952 views

Government Accountability Office Report Slams FBI Internal Security

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Ah, FBI slammed again, it’s not the first time this has happened.

Remember when a Consultant Breached FBI’s Computers?

It also reminds me of when Homeland Security Scored an F for Internal Security AGAIN

The Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s watchdog agency, Thursday released a report critical of the FBI’s internal network, asserting it lacks security controls adequate to thwart an insider attack.

In the report, titled “Information Security: FBI Needs to Address Weaknesses in Critical Network,” the authors — Gregory Wilshusen, GAO’s director of information security issues, and Chief Technologist Keith Rhodes — said the FBI lacks adequate network security controls.

The FBI “has an incomplete security plan,” the report concluded.

Those who are supposed to protect eh?

The bureau, which had the opportunity to review the GAO’s findings before publication, responded that it wasn’t arguing with some of the technical observations expressed in the GAO report, but disagreed that the FBI is open to unacceptable risk of an insider attack.

In a letter of response to the GAO, Dean Hall, the FBI’s deputy CIO, and Zalmal Azni, the FBI’s CIO, noted, “The FBI concurs with many of the GAO’s technical recommendations and the programmatic recommendation to continue the implementation of information security activities in order to fully establish a comprehensive Information Assurance Program.”

Let’s hope they can make less excuses and just sort it out.

Source: PC World



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4 Responses to “Government Accountability Office Report Slams FBI Internal Security”

  1. Alfred Farrington 21 June 2007 at 1:35 am Permalink

    Hmmm seems like they are spending alot of money and still can’t get it right. Seems like our same good ol government.

  2. Bogwitch 21 June 2007 at 2:00 pm Permalink

    The article paints an all-too-familiar story – IT and security departments taking the blame for a lack of funding.
    I have no doubt that agencies like the FBI rely too heavily on staff vetting which, unfortunately, is not completely reliable. Just because someone has passed a background check, does not always mean they are trustworthy….
    However, the biggest problem is convincing any organisation that investment in information security is worthwhile. It is very difficult to convince organisations to perceive that there is a return on investment let alone to attempt to calculate that return.
    Until this happens, IT departments and information security departments will always take the blame for poor security management.

  3. Sandeep Nain 11 July 2007 at 1:56 am Permalink

    Well i am sure their budget does have a huge amount sanctioned for IT Security.. and that money must have been shown used too…

    is it just me who is thinking that… management over their is just assuming that their infrastructure is secure and putting the money in their bank accounts instead…

    sounds like corruption to me and not just the IT (in)security