ABSTRACT

Information Security: DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection System, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 7MB]

"Cyber-based attacks on federal systems continue to increase. GAO [Government Accountability Office] has designated information security as a government-wide high-risk area since 1997. This was expanded to include the protection of critical cyber infrastructure in 2003 and protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information in 2015. NCPS [National Cybersecurity Protection System] is intended to provide DHS with capabilities to detect malicious traffic traversing federal agencies' computer networks, prevent intrusions, and support data analytics and information sharing. Senate and House reports accompanying the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act included provisions for GAO to review the implementation of NCPS. GAO determined the extent to which (1) the system meets stated objectives, (2) DHS has designed requirements for future stages of the system, and (3) federal agencies have adopted the system. To do this, GAO compared NCPS capabilities to leading practices, examined documentation, and interviewed officials at DHS and five selected agencies. This is a public version of a report that GAO issued in November 2015 with limited distribution. Certain information on technical issues has been omitted from this version. GAO recommends that DHS take nine actions to enhance NCPS's capabilities for meeting its objectives, better define requirements for future capabilities, and develop network routing guidance. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendations."

Report Number:
GAO-16-294
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Date:
2016-01
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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