US Senate find that several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Social Security, have not adequately protected personal data, six of them have not installed security patches in time to close vulnerabilities, and in some cases These gaps persisted for approximately 10 years or more.
The Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Human Services, Homeland Security and Transport all failed to address gaps identified more than 10 years ago.
The weaknesses of the Social Security Department are exposing the data of 60 million US citizens, and many agencies have not been done with corrections for most of the last 10 years or so. The Ministry of Education has had no way of keeping unauthorized devices out of its network since 2011.
A source said the subcommittee of the US Senate is not planning hearings, but Senator Rob Portman will look at the results when drafting any “legislative solutions”.
The report revealed that the current administration wants to increase investment in cyber security, and there is a chance that some of these funds will go to support the defenses, but is not likely to be a comprehensive solution.