Monday, March 16, 2009

IRS Improves Cyber Security, But Still Vulnerable to Malware

Jill R. Aitoro writes on

The Internal Revenue Service has improved its protection of computer networks from malicious software attacks, but it has failed to scan computers for viruses and to enforce security policies, which put taxpayer data at risk, according to a report the IRS inspector general released on Monday.

The IRS' Computer Security Incident Response Center identified and eliminated the increasing number of cyber threats that targeted agency networks, according to a review that the IG performed from October 2007 through September 2008. Based on incident data obtained from the center, the IRS responded to 661 malware incidents during calendar year 2007 and to 961 malware incidents in 2008.

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