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Auditors warn of foreign risks to weapons software

The Defense Department’s control of the source of weapons software came under fire today in a report issued by the General Accounting Office, which said overseas production of software creates an unacceptable security environment. “DOD acquisition and software security policies do not fully address the risk of using foreign suppliers to develop weapon system software,” auditors wrote in the report. “The current acquisition guidance allows program officials discretion in managing foreign involvement in software development, without requiring them to identify and mitigate such risks. Moreover, other policies intended to mitigate information system vulnerabilities focus mostly on operational software security threats, such as external hacking and unauthorized access to information systems, but not on insider threats, such as the insertion of malicious code by software developers.” The report said military officials recently adopted initiatives that could curb the threat, but they have not yet implemented the initiatives throughout the department. Full Story

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