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DHS IG: Dept Should Bolster Info Systems Monitoring

CyberCrimeKeyboardA report by the Department of Homeland Security‘s inspector general has identified potential weaknesses in cybersecurity and system monitoring processes at the agency, Federal Times reported Monday.

Andy Medici writes the IG found that DHS organizations still use information systems with expired authorizations to operate and do not have a formal process to monitor their IT infrastructures.

The IG also cited a lack of a centralized repository for storing DHS data in the public cloud, Medici reports.

“They don’t keep track of weaknesses when they’re found, and they don’t fix them in time to make a difference,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in response to the DHS IG report, according to the article.

Medici writes the IG recommended that DHS bolster its continuous monitoring strategy and ensure that IT systems all have updated ATOs.

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