GAO: Dept. of Veterans Affairs plagued by cybersecurity shortcomings

03/26/2014 | Health IT Security

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has seen a rise in the number of data breaches, denial-of service attacks and other network security issues over the past seven years, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, which blames the absence of a cohesive cybersecurity strategy, poor access control and a lack of contingency planning for the shortfalls. Gregory C. Wilshusen, GAO director of Information Security Issues, offered details of the finding during a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which is considering legislation aimed at improving the agency's security preparedness.

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