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FBI network security is pants

Government watchdog barks
Fri May 25 2007, 10:21
A US GOVERNMENT watchdog has snarled and growled at the state of the security on the FBI network.

According to Network World, the spooks who are responsible for former British colony's security do not have enough controls to stop an insider attack.

A report with the fairly obvious title “Information Security: FBI Needs to Address Weaknesses in Critical Network,” the authors take the FBI to task for their "incomplete security plan".

Gregory Wilshusen, GAO's director of information security issues and and Chief Technologist Keith Rhodes said the FBI did not adequately “identify and authenticate users to prevent unauthorised access.”

They said that there was a lack of encryption to protect sensitive data and patch management wasn't being done in a timely manner, the report said.

The FBI said agreed that there were some shortfalls in security and it would attempt to address them in the fullness of time, with adequate consultation with interested parties, one of these days. µ


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