OIG: DHS Information Security Program for Intelligence Systems Not Effective

DHS needs to improve continuous monitoring for its intelligence system, according to a newly released summary of a classified report from the Inspector General.

According to the summary, the auditor determined the agency’s continuous monitoring tools for its intelligence system are not interoperable and it has not documented procedures, established formal training, and instituted qualitative and quantitative measures for continuous monitoring of its intelligence systems.

The OIG also found that the United States Secret Service (USSS) has not developed a process to ensure its employees and contractors complete the required annual security awareness training.

The summary did point out that since the last evaluation in 2016, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has implemented programs to monitor ongoing security practices, and the Coast Guard is in the process of migrating its intelligence users to a system that is jointly managed by the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Agency.

OIG is making three recommendations to I&A and one recommendation to USSS to address identified deficiencies in DHS’ information security program for intelligence systems, which both departments agreed with.

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