Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday March 08, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Not Very Secure

According to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General, the Department of Homeland Security isn't as secure as they could be. The report states that some configuration settings are improperly configured, unsupported OS's are still in use, they don't patch vulnerabilities quickly, and many more problems. Ultimately these problems are blamed on a lack of security talent. Furthermore, I completely believe all of these findings because they jive with many I witnessed while I was a member of the Air Force IT team. Until leadership addresses their manning and enforcement issues the Department is going to be vulnerable.

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The report also scolds DHS for continuing to use unsupported operating systems. DHS, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service were all found to be using Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft's July 2015 discontinuation of support.

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