By Alice Lipowicz
May 13, 2009
The Homeland Security Department set up a huge data center on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2006 without considering protections against
hurricanes, power outages and perimeter security threats, according to a
new report from DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner.
Also, DHS did not consider possible risks to its Data Center 1 from
rocket testing vibrations two miles away and from possible environmental
contamination at the former weapons plant, the report said.
A second DHS data center in Clarksville, Va., did not fare much better.
The department failed to consider the possible risks of locating Data
Center 2 within several feet of two 25,000-gallon diesel fuel storage
tanks, the report said.
The data centers were created to consolidate information technology
systems from more than a dozen data centers. The two new centers are to
serve as backups for each other to maintain operation of critical
departmental IT systems, especially after a disaster.
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