IG Favorably Rates DHS Intel IT System

Some Management, Operational Issues Need to be Addressed The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general says DHS continues to maintain an effective, enterprise-wide information security management program for its intelligence unit.

In a truncated, unclassified version of the audit, released Tuesday, the IG said overall IT security procedures have been document and adequate security controls have been implemented.

"Nonetheless," the IG said, "management oversight and operational issues remain regarding the effectiveness of the program. Concerns with the Plan of Action and Milestones process and the implementation of a formal information system security training and awareness program for intelligence personnel still exist. An Authority to Operate has not been granted for the primary intelligence system at U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Secret Service."

The inspector general recommended that the undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis address the open recommendations that the IG identified during its review. Fieldwork was conducted from May through August 2009.

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