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OMB: Agencies improve IT security, but many are short of goals

Agency IT security has shown marked improvement over the last three years, but too many departments still are falling short in meeting the goals of the Federal Information Security Act, the Office of Management and Budget said today in its annual report (PDF) to Congress. After reviewing almost 8,000 systems, OMB found that 62 percent have been certified and accredited by the agency’s inspector general or a private-sector third party. This was short of OMB’s goal of certifying 80 percent by Dec. 31, 2003. And because of these shortfalls, OMB is requiring agencies to fix the problems before spending any money on development, enhancement or modernization projects in fiscal 2004. OMB also found half of all major agencies do not have a security remediation process verified by their IGs. This was again short of OMB’s goal of all 24 agencies having a confirmed process to identify, track and correct weaknesses. Full Story

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