Hearing on Investigating Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities at the Department of Homeland Security

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 20, 2007

Hacking the Homeland: Investigating Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities at the Department of Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, Wednesday, June 20, 2007. [links to prepared statements, testimony and relevant correspondence]

  • Information Security: Homeland Security Needs to Enhance Effectiveness of Its Program, GAO-07-1003T, June 20, 2007. “To protect and mitigate threats and attacks against the United States, 22 federal agencies and organizations were merged to form the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002. One of the department’s components, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is responsible for securing the nation’s borders. DHS and CBP rely on a variety of computerized information systems to support their operations and assets. GAO has reported for many years that poor information security is a widespread problem with potentially devastating consequences. In reports to Congress since 1997, GAO has identified information security as a governmentwide high-risk issue. In this testimony, GAO discusses DHS’s information security program and computer security controls for key information systems. GAO based its testimony on agency, inspector general, and GAO issued and draft reports on DHS information security.”
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