Sunday, April 01, 2007

Feeling secure? Well don't #15

Its been quite a while since I've done one of these posts. That was back in December 2006. I was overdue.
The office in charge of protecting American technical secrets about nuclear weapons from foreign spies is missing 20 desktop computers, at least 14 of which have been used for classified information, the Energy Department inspector general reported Friday.

This is the 13th time in a little over four years that an audit has found the department, whose national laboratories and factories do most of the work in designing and building nuclear warheads, has lost control over computers used in working on the bombs.

Aside from computers it cannot find, the department is also using computers not listed in its inventory, and one computer listed as destroyed was in fact being used, the audit said.

"Problems with the control and accountability of desktop and laptop computers have plagued the department for a number of years," the report said.

I posted about this exact same problem in "Feeling secure? Well don't #8" back in June 2006.

They don't learn. Audits are supposed to result in improved practices to ensure good audits in the future as well as increased national security. I'd say its time for heads to roll.

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