By Matthew Weigelt
April 05, 2010
The General Services Administration needs greater security for its
sensitive building information in online environments, according to a
Officials in GSA's Public Building Service (PBS) began using electronic
project management software applications (e-PMs) in the 1990s to more
easily share project information.
However, they put sensitive information at risk by using the e-PMs and
other "groupware," such as intranet Web sites, according to a GSA
inspector general's audit report. The report was released March 31. Even
so, officials have not included these online systems under the purview
of its security program or ensured that the e-PMs comply with Federal
Information Security Management Act requirements.
The auditors recommended that PBS develop a way to secure existing e-PMs
and set standards for applications that will come with future
construction projects. They also recommend training managers on
information security, the report states.
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