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May 09, 2007

Failing grades for computer security among gov't agencies

Atd_logo John Paczkowski has a video describing some of the gov't computer security problems, namely losing laptops and hard drives, on his Digital Daily blog which is part of the new WSJ All Things Digital group blog.

Being a video, it's hard to quote and comment, but he did say that in a recent reportcard on federal computer security, the Dept. of Homeland Security scored a "D." Actually, it scored an "F" along with some other agencies. (see link below) "D+" was the grade for the federal gov't overall for the past 2 years.

Federal agencies due for information security report cards

Last year, the federal government scored an overall grade of D+ for the second year in a row. Eight of the 24 agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Energy and the Interior, received failing grades. Among the seven agencies that got at least an A- were the U.S. Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

WaPo has the complete reportcard for 2001-2005 in the form of a table.

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