ERIC Number: ED223255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Information Systems Remain Highly Vulnerable to Fraudulent, Wasteful, Abusive, and Illegal Practices.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This evaluation of information security programs in the executive agencies of the U.S. federal government was requested by the Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights, a part of the Congressional Committee on Government Operations. The report focuses on automated systems for personal, proprietary, and other sensitive information, particularly systems using telecommunication networks. Evaluation results indicate that a reasonable level of protection over information systems is not being provided. Accordingly, 10 recommendations for improvement are made. A glossary of terms precedes the five appendices which constitute the largest part of the report. These appendices comprise: (1) a review of the study's objectives, scope, and methodology; (2) a discussion of the automated information security problem; (3) an examination of four reasons why Office of Management and Budget (OMB) security guidelines do not provide sufficiently comprehensive policy and guidance to executive agencies; (4) an explanation of why central executive agencies are not effective in fulfilling their information security program responsibilities; and (5) a demonstration of the fact that senior agency management gives only limited support to automated information security programs. A diagram of telecommunication network vulnerabilities and a map illustrating the telecommunication networks of three civil federal agencies are provided. (ESR)
Descriptors: Automation, Computers, Confidentiality, Federal Government, Federal Regulation, Information Networks, Information Systems, Public Administration, Public Agencies, Telecommunications
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, PO Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (first five copies, free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.