By Alice Lipowicz
September 15, 2008
The Coast Guard is doing a good job of securing its computer networks,
but it still has vulnerabilities that must be addressed, according to a
new report  from Homeland Security Department Inspector General
The audit found that the Coast Guard has implemented network security
controls but is falling short in some areas.
"While [the] U.S. Coast Guard has been vigilant in its efforts to secure
its network infrastructure, we identified system vulnerabilities and
areas of noncompliance" with DHS requirements, Skinner's report stated.
In addition, the agency has not established all the necessary network
access controls, the audit said.
If the issues are not addressed, the Coast Guard faces the possibility
of loss of sensitive information and gaps in its network security, the
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