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FAA urged to step up computer security efforts
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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