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NASA Sees Uptick in Cyber Threats as Employees Shift to Remote Work; Jeff Seaton, Paul Martin Quoted

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Cyber Threats
Cyber Threats

NASA officials told the House Space Subcommittee o n Friday that the transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to new cybersecurity challenges, SpaceNews reported.

Paul Martin, NASA inspector general, told the House subpanel during the hearing that the space agency has seen an increase in cyber threats including phishing attempts during the period.

“Our concerns with NASA IT governance and security are wide-ranging and long-standing,” Martin said. “For more than two decades, NASA has struggled to implement an effective IT governance structure that aligns authority and responsibility commensurate with the agency’s overall mission.”

Jeff Seaton, acting chief information officer at NASA, said the agency has initiated measures to address security and governance issues. 

“For almost a decade now, we’ve been working to integrate and operate as a cohesive unit,” Seaton said of NASA’s IT management efforts.

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