Govt' Earns 'C' on Computer Security Report Card
The federal government earned an overall grade of "C" for securing its computer systems and networks from cyber attack last year, a slight improvement from the "C-minus" mark the government was given in 2006.
The report cards were issued today by Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Nine agencies earned failing grades for 2007, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The grades are based on data submitted by the agencies and agency inspector generals to the White House for fiscal year 2007.
Eight agencies earned "A" grades, including the the Department of Justice, the Agency for International Development, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Social Security Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration.
However, the committee noted that the "A's" awarded to HUD and Justice were given with "low confidence because of weaker audit results."
The Department of Homeland Security was among a handful of agencies that showed marked improvement in meeting federal information security standards, raising its mark from a "D" in 2006 to a "B" last year.
The House committee said agencies were rated on their annual tests of information security, their plans of action and milestones or corrective-action plans, whether they certify and accredit their systems as secure, how well they manage the configuration of their computers to ensure security, how they detect and react to breaches, their training programs and the accuracy of their inventories.
May 20, 2008; 2:41 PM ET
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