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Agencies Fall Short on Protecting User Data
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Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 28 February 2008 10:04

By Tim Wilson
Site Editor, Dark Reading

Many government agencies have failed to meet the guidelines for protecting personal information that were established two years ago after the breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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According to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today, a number of agencies fell short on recommendations for securing databases, remote access, and mobile devices. All of the agencies received a downgrade in their scores for e-government progress on the President's Management Agenda Scorecard

Of the 24 major agencies audited in the report, only 11 had established policies for logging data extracted from agency databases and for erasing the data within 90 days of extraction. Only 15 agencies had established a "time out" function for remote and mobile devices that requires user re-authentication after 30 minutes of inactivity.

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