Inspector General Uncovers Cyber Concerns With NSA Operational Systems

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The National Security Agency’s office of inspector general has released a semi-annual report to Congress of its independent oversight work carried out from April 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2018.

NSA Inspector General Robert Storch wrote in the report that his office issued 21 oversight memoranda and reports during the six-month period and offered 620 recommendations to help the agency address the identified deficiencies.

Storch said his office’s work to probe claims of fraud, waste, misconduct and abuse resulted in 118 inquiries and 30 investigations and disciplinary action imposed on 24 agency employees.

During the period, the OIG closed 88 inquiries and 30 investigations, leading to the potential recovery of $261K from employees and contractors.

The OIG’s technology and cybersecurity branch conducted an assessment to determine whether NSA assigns individuals to fill System Security Plan-related roles for 10 operational systems and found that several of the examined platforms run without one or more required security personnel.

“As a result, the agency does not have reasonable assurance that some systems have requisite security oversight,” according to the report.

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