[ISN] IRS strengthens IT security, auditors say

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 23:02:47 -0600 (CST)

By Mary Mosquera
October 29, 2008

The Internal Revenue Service significantly improved its security 
evaluations of major computer systems during fiscal 2008 that are 
required under the Federal Information Security Management Act, 
according to a recent report [1] from the Treasury Inspector General for 
Tax Administration (TIGTA).

The Cybersecurity office of the IRS. Modernization and Information 
Technology Services organization took steps to conduct certification and 
accreditation more efficiently, the TIGTA report released Oct. 23 

"Therefore, this year we evaluate this process as good," said Michel 
Phillips, TIGTA's deputy inspector general for audit, adding that the 
IRS continues to place a high priority on efforts to improve its 
security program.

However. the service needs to strengthen the process to make sure that 
the level of annual security controls and contingency plan testing is 
adequate, the report said.

[1] http://www.treas.gov/tigta/auditreports/2008reports/200820173fr.pdf


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