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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 00:03:40 CDT
By Alice Lipowicz
May 26, 2009
The Transportation Security Administration had 15 information technology
control deficiencies in fiscal 2008 that collectively represent a
material weakness that could affect the integrity of the agency’s
financial data, according to a recent audit released by the Homeland
Security Department’s Office of Inspector General.
Auditors from KPMG made 15 findings of deficiencies at TSA, including 13
repeat findings and two new findings.
TSA officials took corrective action in fiscal 2008 by testing disaster
recovery procedures and reviewing audit logs, but the agency still fell
short on oversight of the termination of a software support contract,
configuration management and tracking of scripts.
“Collectively, the IT control weaknesses limited TSA’s ability to ensure
that critical financial and operational data were maintained in such a
manner to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability,” the
report states. “In addition, these weaknesses negatively impacted the
internal controls over TSA financial reporting and its operation, and we
consider them to collectively represent a material weakness for TSA
under standards established by the American Institute of Certified