By Tim Wilson
Feb 05, 2010
NASA made history earlier this week by releasing up-close pictures of
Pluto. Here on Earth, however, it's the space agency's IT systems and
security practices that need a closer look.
That's the conclusion of testimony (PDF)  offered to the U.S. House
of Representatives Wednesday by Cristina Chaplain, director of
acquisition and sourcing management at the Government Accountability
The GAO, which upbraided NASA for security weaknesses in a report back
in October, says the space agency still hasn't brought its security
programs into line with previous recommendations.
NASA's shortfalls in IT security, which are partly the result of
budgeting issues, increase "the risk of unauthorized access to NASA's
sensitive information, as well as inadvertent or deliberate disruption
of its system operations," Chaplain says.
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