US Failing to Protect 9,000 Federal Facilities From Cyber Threats: Report

WASHINGTON, January 13 (Sputnik) — The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacks a strategy and has done nothing to address cybersecurity risks to building and access control systems at nearly 9,000 federal facilities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said in a report.

“No one within DHS is assessing or addressing cyber risk to building and access control systems particularly at the nearly 9,000 federal facilities, protected by the Federal Protective Service (FPS),” the GAO report, released Monday, found.

The GAO, an independent agency that provides the Congress with auditing and investigative services, found the DHS has only taken “preliminary steps to begin to understand” the risks, posed by cyber security breaches to federal buildings and access systems in the United States.

“A strategy is a starting point in addressing this risk,” GAO’s Monday report to Congress said, stressing that the absence of such a strategy “has contributed to a lack of action within the Department”.

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