Feds Still Lag On Security

By Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld |  Business

Federal agencies aren't keeping pace with the growing information security threat, and government systems "continue to be vulnerable to disruptions, data tampering, fraud and inappropriate disclosure," according the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in its annual report of "high-risk" government programs.

Citing a general increase in incidents and the damage caused by last May's "I Love You" virus, the GAO said information security at federal agencies "continued to be fraught" with weaknesses.

The GAO said audits continue to show that many agencies haven't developed security plans for major systems, documented their security policies or implemented a program for testing and evaluating the effectiveness of existing security programs.

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