There's a problem on the home front: security lapses in the computers of the Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says a report on townhall.com. These departments were recently audited, and weaknesses were revealed.
Recently, hackers gained access into the respective computer networks of the White House, State Department, and the Office of Personnel Management, among other entities. And this has caused the public to wonder about just how strong cybersecurity is for the U.S. government. So thus, the audit was carried out.
The root of the problem may be inadequate training of the investigators and analysts for the Department of Homeland Security. This seems to have stemmed from Congress cutting corners with the training budget. The internal websites for the Secret Service and ICE were shown to be deficient.
How many employees are in the Department of Homeland Security? 240,000. That's a lot of potential for inadequate training to result in the accidental opening of a back door for hackers.
The audit made nine recommendations to the DHS. The DHS has reported that it's been making efforts to address these recommendations.
The report states that employees may not be able to perform assigned incident responses to a cyber attack, nor efficiently investigate such an incident, as long as training was come-and-go and only peppered throughout the DHS instead of being department-wide.