ABSTRACT

Information Security: Actions Needed to Better Manage, Protect, and Sustain Improvements to Los Alamos National Laboratory's Classified Computer Network, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 422KB]

"The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which is overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), has experienced a number of security lapses in controlling classified information stored on its classified computer network. GAO was requested to (1) assess the effectiveness of security controls LANL used to protect information on its classified network, (2) assess whether LANL had fully implemented an information security program to ensure that security controls were effectively established and maintained for its classified network, and (3) identify the expenditures used to operate and support its classified network from fiscal years 2001 through 2008. To carry out this work, GAO examined security policies and procedures and reviewed LANL's access controls for protecting information on its classified network. GAO recommends, among other things, that NNSA direct LANL to (1) fully implement its information security program, (2) centralize management of the classified network, and (3) develop a sustainability plan that details how it plans to strengthen recent cyber security improvements over the long term. NNSA generally agreed with a draft of this report."

Report Number:
GAO-10-28
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Date:
2009-10-14
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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