[ISN] IG: DHS data centers at risk

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 04:40:33 -0500 (CDT)

By Alice Lipowicz
May 13, 2009

The Homeland Security Department set up a huge data center on the 
Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2006 without considering protections against 
hurricanes, power outages and perimeter security threats, according to a 
new report from DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner.

Also, DHS did not consider possible risks to its Data Center 1 from 
rocket testing vibrations two miles away and from possible environmental 
contamination at the former weapons plant, the report said.

A second DHS data center in Clarksville, Va., did not fare much better. 
The department failed to consider the possible risks of locating Data 
Center 2 within several feet of two 25,000-gallon diesel fuel storage 
tanks, the report said.

The data centers were created to consolidate information technology 
systems from more than a dozen data centers. The two new centers are to 
serve as backups for each other to maintain operation of critical 
departmental IT systems, especially after a disaster.


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