By J. Nicholas Hoover
July 9, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security has significantly improved the
cybersecurity of its top secret intelligence computer systems in the
last two years, according to the recently released summary of an
Inspector General report issued earlier this year.
"Information security procedures have been documented and controls have
been implemented, providing an effective level of security for the
department's intelligence systems," the Office of the Inspector General
said in its report.
Last year's report noted that DHS had not established a formal training
program for employees who have responsibilities for DHS intelligence
systems. This year's review notes that the DHS has created the Sensitive
Compartmented Information Systems Information Assurance Handbook, "which
provides department intelligence personnel with security procedures and
requirements to administer its intelligence systems and the information
A 2008 review noted progress on earlier cybersecurity goals, including
creating and updating an inventory of Top Secret and sensitive
information systems and certifying and accrediting those systems in
accordance with intelligence directives. The 2009 report found continued
certification and accreditation.
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