Senate finds US agencies left security holes untouched for a decade

Senate investigators have learned that the federal government has left glaring IT vulnerabilities open for years, including unpatched

Senate finds US agencies left security holes untouched for a decade

Curated via Twitter from Engadget’s twitter account….

Investigators found that several federal agencies (including the State Department, Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration) didn’t adequately protect personal data, and that six of them hadn’t installed security patches in a "timely" fashion to close vulnerabilities.

Recommendations in the report would give chief information officers more power over security decisions, improve communication with agency leaders and require progress reports on fixing security flaws when defending a given department’s budget.

The departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Transportation all failed to tackle vulnerabilities identified over a decade earlier, for instance.

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