According to the Nov. 30 GAO report, the watchdog agency found several security gaps regarding wireless technology, including government-issued laptops and mobile devices, such as BlackBerry phones.
GAO auditors found security risks when laptops were connected to both wired and unsecured wireless networks, because hackers could exploit the wireless network to gain access to the wired one, according to Nextgovâs reporting on the GAO study.
GAO also found:
- Insufficient policies for using mobile devices outside the United States
- Insufficient scanning for ârogueâ wireless networks
- A lack of proper security configurations for government-issued BlackBerries
Following the reportâs revelations, DHS officials said they would conduct reviews of wireless security.
DHS is charged with enforcing cybersecurity compliance under the Federal Information Security Management Act, and it announced it would undertake stepped-up reviews, including âcompliance audits and a wireless architecture document,â according to Nextgov.