Federal News Network: VA cites slow progress in moving the needle on longstanding cyber concerns

“When it comes to its annual cybersecurity exam, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a less than stellar history.”

“VA’s inspector general still considers cybersecurity — despite efforts from an array of prior chief information officers — as a material weakness, according to the most recent Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) audit.”

“This is a common challenge for agencies across government, and VA was one of 18 organizations to earn this distinction in 2018.”

“Even so, VA holds a unique distinction among other agencies, the Government Accountability Office said.”

“When it comes to looking at the length of time that it has consistently reported a material weakness in the security controls over its financial systems for financial reporting purposes, it’s been going on 17 years in a row,” Greg Wilshusen, director of IT and cybersecurity at GAO, told the House Veterans Affairs Technology Modernization Subcommittee at a hearing Thursday on VA cybersecurity challenges. “Few agencies meet…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA cites slow progress in moving the needle on longstanding cyber concerns – By Nicole Ogrysko, November 14, 2019. Federal News Network.

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