FAA urged to step up computer security efforts

    Date08 Dec 2000
    CategoryGovernment
    3378
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    In the wake of a September report identifying security lapses in the computer system of the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Accounting Office Wednesday published official recommendations on how the agency might increase its security. . . . In the wake of a September report identifying security lapses in the computer system of the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Accounting Office Wednesday published official recommendations on how the agency might increase its security.

    In its new report, "FAA Computer Security: Recommendations to Address Continuing Weaknesses" GAO recommended that the Transportation Secretary direct the FAA to increase personal, physical, operational and information-systems security and to establish an intrusion-detection system. The GAO's advice was first made public at a September hearing convened by the House Science Committee.

    "The FAA is making progress, but its computer security exposure is significant and pervasive, with a lot of work remaining," GAO wrote in September. It also found that the agency's biggest failure was in conducting adequate security background checks on senior staff and thousands of contractors who had been working on the agency's computer-security networks.

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