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Agency has corrected only 29 of the 98 weaknesses cited in its review last year, GAO says
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 15 January 2008 11:36
IRS Still Hasn't Fixed Security Problems

JANUARY 14, 2008 | 6:00 PM
By Tim Wilson
Site Editor, Dark Reading

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service still hasn't resolved almost 70 percent of the IT security issues that the Government Accountability Office identified at the agency last year, according to a report published last week.

The new GAO report states that the IRS has fixed just 29 of the 98 weaknesses that the GAO cited in its review of the agency last year. In a response last April, IRS officials had promised to respond quickly to the unfavorable review. (See Audit Uncovers IRS Security Flaws.)
The IRS is having trouble implementing some key security initiatives, including strong passwords, least-privilege controls, encryption, and patch management, among others. "Such weaknesses increase the risk of compromise of critical IRS systems and information," the GAO says.... Comment in the Forums
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