By Eric Chabrow
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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