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Defense Department lacks data on cyberterror threat

More research is needed on how to protect the Defense Department’s communications systems from cyberterrorism, the department’s top information security official said on Thursday. “One gap that needs to be filled immediately is the need to do more research in this area,” Robert Lentz, director of information assurance at Defense, told the House Armed Services Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Lentz added that the defense community has held an “aggressive series of working groups” on cyber security in the past year. But the General Accounting Office highlighted persistent weaknesses across the federal government. “Our most recent analyses of audit and evaluation reports for the 24 major departments and agencies continued to highlight significant information security weaknesses that place a broad array of federal operations and assets at risk of fraud, misuse and disruption,” said Robert Dacey, director of the GAO information technology team. Dacey said GAO found that Defense still lacks mechanisms to assess its compliance with information security standards. Full Story

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