Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Safeguarding egovernment networks - what if you had over 1,000 unauthorised web servers connected to your network?

I'd feel concerned if I was the CIO of a government agency that found it had over 1,000 unauthorised web servers connected to its network.

This is the position the US's Internal Revenue Service is in at the moment, having identified 1,150 unauthorised web servers connected to its network .

As the servers are unauthorised, they are not regularly security patched, making them potential intrusion points for hackers.

As reported in Nextgov, in the article, IRS finds unauthorized Web servers connected to its networks, the IRS is now in the process of creating policies and procedures to prevent the unauthorised servers from accessing IRS data and will be undertaking quarterly reviews to measure compliance with security standards.

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