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Audit shows NASS crop report vulnerability

By Larry Dreiling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s management needs to improve the security of its sensitive commodity market data and other information technology resources, according to a new report from USDA’s Office of the Inspector General.

 

In its report, OIG conducted an audit to perform a security assessment of NASS’s specific process and procedures for gathering and securing commodity data, compiling them into agricultural reports, and preparing and releasing the reports in a secured area—known as lockup—to determine if physical, electronic, and other protection measures were properly implemented to assure sensitive market data was secured and released according to established criteria.

 

The OIG report found that NASS did not adequately enforce critical procedures and physical security measures meant to protect the security of NASS information. Notably, although banned from lockup, OIG was able to bring a cell phone into lockup and witnessed a reporter using an iPad with wireless capabilities during lockup.

 

NASS had also not taken mitigating actions to address outstanding IT vulnerabilities, thereby putting NASS’s systems at risk. As a result, sensitive information could be compromised or leaked before its official release, which could affect equitable trading in commodity markets. OIG notes that NASS experienced data release issues and has not yet remedied the underlying causes. [Read More]



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