US government flunks computer security: panel

Wednesday, 20 November 2002, 4:27 PM EST

Most US government agencies - including the Defence and Justice Departments - have woefully inadequate computer security, a congressional panel said yesterday.

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Efficiency says that overall, the US government should get a failing grade of "F" for computer security, as would 14 federal agencies.

"This is the subcommittee's third annual report card, grading executive branch agencies on their computer security efforts.

"I am disheartened to announce that again this year, the government has earned an overall grade of 'F' for its computer security efforts," said subcommittee chairman Stephen Horn.

"Despite the administration's welcomed focus on this important problem, 14 agencies scored so poorly that they earned individual grades of an 'F'. The Department of Transportation rests at the bottom of the scorecard, earning an appalling 28 points out of a possible 100."

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