By Ben Bain
July 10, 2009
The Homeland Security Department has significantly minimized the
security risks with its intelligence systems, according to a report from
the department's inspector general.
The department made the improvements by dealing with security
vulnerabilities that the IG identified in an evaluation of fiscal 2007,
according to the summary report released on the IG's Web site July 8.
The IG said a more recent evaluation showed that DHS had dealt with 10
of the 14 recommendations the office had previously made that related to
the department's security program for top secret/sensitive compartmented
"Overall, the information security procedures have been documents and
controls have been implemented, providing an effective level of security
for the department's intelligence systems," the report states.
However, the IG also said the department hadn't yet implemented all of
the department's recommendations and suggested that the head of
intelligence and analysis at DHS take those actions. The IG also
recommended the department's Office of the Chief Information Officer
deal with "system-control issues" identified during the IG's review.
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