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NASA info security controls are broken, GAO concludes




NASA info security controls are broken, GAO concludes
NASA info security controls are broken, GAO concludes



http://gcn.com/articles/2009/10/16/nasa-info-security-controls-broken.aspx 

By William Jackson
GCN.com
Oct 16, 2009

Key information technology systems at NASA have weaknesses in several 
critical areas that could lead to those systems being compromised, 
according to the Government Accountability Office.

Although controls are being implemented as part of a risk-based 
information security program, required under the Federal Information 
Security Management Act, controls were not always adequate or 
consistently enforced, resulting in security gaps in physical and 
logical perimeters and leaving vulnerabilities in networks and systems.

"A key reason for these weaknesses was that NASA had not yet fully 
implemented key elements of its information security program," GAO said 
in its report [1], NASA Needs to Remedy Vulnerabilities in Key Networks. 
"As a result, highly sensitive personal, scientific, and other data were 
at an increased risk of unauthorized use, modification, or disclosure."

The space agency agreed with GAO's recommendations for strengthening and 
completely implementing security controls.

[1] http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d104.pdf 

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