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Nextgov: Sen. Ron Johnson Raises Concerns Over Governmentwide ‘Einstein’ Cyber Tool Adoption

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cybersecuritySen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has said a classified audit report by the Government Accountability Office proves that a tool that works to detect cyber threats is not widely adopted across government agencies, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Aliya Sternstein writes the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the cyber surveillance tool, did not disclose the reasons for its decision to restrict the audit report on the Einstein 3 Accelerated system.

GAO and Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said they expect DHS to release a redacted version of the document in early 2016.

The report “does reaffirm some concerns about Einstein that the senator has been raising,” a committee aide told Nextgov.

Johnson and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced a bill in July that seeks to authorize DHS to push for the governmentwide implementation of the cyber defense platform.

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