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GAO skewers Agriculture IT security

The Agriculture Department has not implemented an adequate security management program to ensure that effective controls are in place, leading to “significant, pervasive information security weaknesses,” the General Accounting Office reported today. Information security also requires significantly more management attention. Although Agriculture has various initiatives under way, it had not yet fully implemented the key elements of a comprehensive security management program. GAO reviewed Agriculture’s IT security from February through October last year. Agriculture CIO Scott Charbo told the GAO in a letter that he was committed to improving IT security throughout the department. The department received an F in the federal computer security scorecard released in December by the House Government Reform subcommittee on technology, information policy, intergovernmental relations and the census. Full Story

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