Computer Security: FAA is Addressing Personnel Weaknesses, But Further Action is Required : Report to the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Science, House of Representatives

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U.S. General Accounting Office, 2000 - Air traffic control - 15 pages

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Page 4 - ATC network is an enormous, complex collection of interrelated systems, including navigation, surveillance, weather, and automated information processing and display systems that reside at, or are associated with, hundreds of ATC facilities. Complex communications networks that separately transmit both voice and digital data interconnect these systems and facilities. As stated in our l997 and l999 reports on high-risk issues...
Page 3 - ... weaknesses continue to plague the nation's aviation security. POTENTIAL FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO AVIATION COMPUTER SYSTEMS Our work has identified numerous problems with aspects of aviation security in recent years. One such problems is FAA's computer-based air traffic control system. The ATC system is an enormous, complex collection of interrelated systems, including navigation, surveillance, weather, and automated information processing and display systems that link hundreds of ATC facilities...
Page 1 - A failure to adequately protect these systems, as well as the facilities that house them, could cause a nationwide disruption of air traffic or even the loss of life due to collisions.
Page 13 - We recommend that the Secretary of Transportation direct the FAA Administrator to: Assess and resolve promptly the identified critical communication Issues.
Page 15 - If you have any questions on matters discussed in this report, please call me at (202) 512-6408 or Colleen Phillips, Assistant Director, at (202) 512-6326. We can also be reached by e-mail at willemssei\ and, respectively.
Page 1 - ... September 1993 Abbreviations CEO Chief Executive Officer CERT Computer Emergency Response Team CIO Chief Information Officer CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional GAO General Accounting Office NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology OMB Office of Management and Budget Electronic information and automated systems are essential to virtually all major federal operations. If agencies cannot protect the availability, integrity, and, in some cases, the confidentiality,...
Page 15 - Representative Constance A. Morella, Representative Martin O. Sabo, Representative Jim Turner, and Representative Frank R. Wolf in their capacities as Chair or Ranking Minority Member of Senate and House Committees and Subcommittees. We are also sending copies of this report to the Honorable Rodney E. Slater, Secretary of Transportation; the Honorable Jane F. Garvey, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; and the Honorable Jacob J. Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget....
Page 3 - However, the actual background searches, which can take anywhere from 1 week to 4 months, will still need to be completed by either the Office of Personnel Management or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Page 10 - Air Traffic Control: Weak Computer Security Practices Jeopardize Flight Safety (GAO/AIMD-98-155, May 18, 1998).
Page 8 - Personnel security is designed to ensure that personnel who have sensitive roles or access to sensitive information are trustworthy, which would include ensuring that appropriate background searches on contractors and subcontractors have been conducted. • Physical security is designed to ensure that FAA facilities are safe from unauthorized physical access and physical harm.

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