By Alice Lipowicz
March 17, 2010
Despite a major improvement in cybersecurity, the Veterans Affairs
Department still has "significant" obstacles to overcome to meet federal
cybersecurity standards, according to a new report released by the VA's
Office of Inspector General.
According to a summary of the report, the VA "continues to face
significant challenges in complying with the requirements of FISMA due
to the nature and maturity of its information security program. In order
to better achieve the FISMA objectives, the department needs to focus on
several key areas."
The new fiscal 2009 report is a summary of the VA's compliance with the
Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and was prepared by
the Deloitte & Touche LLP independent accounting firm. The IG released
the summary March 4. The full report isn't being released to the public
because it is considered sensitive information. The report summary did
not include a response to the criticism from VA officials.
The VA a year ago had received much-improved FISMA ratings from the
Office of Management and Budget.
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