AOH :: IS2113.HTM

IG: DHS data centers at risk

IG: DHS data centers at risk
IG: DHS data centers at risk 

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.


LayerOne 2009, Information Security for the discerning professional. 
May 23-24 2009 @ The Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California 
Visit for more information 

Site design & layout copyright © 1986-2015 CodeGods