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Pen Testing of HHS Units Reveals Weaknesses

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Governance , Identity Governance & Administration , IT Risk Management

Pen Testing of HHS Units Reveals Weaknesses OIG Report Highlights a Range of Security Concerns Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • March 14, 2019

Operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services need to shore up security controls to more effectively detect and prevent certain cyberattacks, according to a new federal watchdog report.

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In a summary report issued Wednesday, the HHS Office of Inspector General highlighted several security controls that need improvement across eight HHS operating divisions. The weaknesses included configuration management, access control, data input controls and software patching, the report notes. Similar concerns have been raised in previous OIG reports.

The OIG report is based on findings from a series of audits in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 at...(continued)

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