GAO offers security guide

Thursday, 18 March 2004, 3:50 PM EST

The 18 types of security technology available in the commercial market can help agencies protect their systems and information, but they are still only the beginning of a comprehensive security management process, according to the General Accounting Office.

In a report released today that essentially serves as a catalog and explanatory guide, GAO officials outlined the major types of commercial security technologies that agencies can use and how effective they are for various risks and vulnerabilities.

Robert Dacy, GAO's director for information security, is testifying today before the House Government Reform Committee's Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census Subcommittee on agencies' implementation of the Federal Information Security Management Act. It mandates many of the security management practices that can be supported by the technologies identified in the report.

By Diane Frank at FCW.

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