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DHS Works to Fix Cybersecurity Issues

Jeff Brody

The Department of Homeland Security made progress addressing the problems with its patch management and security efforts. The DHS inspector general issued its semi-annual report describing how the agency worked on its internal cybersecurity deficiencies. DHS closed one previous OIG recommendation and resolved two others to better secure information, according to the watchdog report submitted Wednesday to Congress. 

The agency implemented an information security program that appeared “effective” in three of five cybersecurity functions of the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartment Information intelligence system. The OIG report also provided an update on the response of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to a March data breach that affected personal information of 2.3 million hurricane and wildfire survivors. FEMA plans to investigate the extent of the incident and create a process to effectively secure disaster survivors.  

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