Little to Show for $433 MM Infosec Investment

Little to Show for $433 MM Infosec Investment
Little to Show for $433 MM Infosec Investment 

By Eric Chabrow
Managing Editor
Gov InfoSecurity
November 13, 2009

Los Alamos National Laboratory has spent $433 million to secure its 
classified computer network between fiscal years 2001 and 2008, 
according to a report issued Friday by the Government Accountability 
Office, yet significant weaknesses remain in safeguarding the 
confidentiality, integrity and availability of information stored on and 
transmitted over its classified computer network.

The audit, requested by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, 
cites Los Alamos' management as saying funding for its core classified 
cybersecurity program has been inadequate for implementing an effective 
program during fiscal years 2007 and 2008.

"LANL's security plans and test plans were neither comprehensive nor 
detailed enough to identify certain critical weaknesses on the 
classified network," the GAO said in its 39-page report.

The Energy Department-run laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., also known as 
LANL, is among the world's largest science and technology institutions 
that conduct multidisciplinary research for fields such as national 
security, outer space, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology and 
supercomputing. Along with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 
LANL is one of two labs in the United States where classified work 
designing nuclear weapons takes place.


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