The VA fails another cybersecurity audit

The Veterans Affairs Department failed its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row, so it still can’t properly protect the private health data of veterans. The VA Inspector General sees about 6,000 cyber weaknesses in the agency’s IT networks, and says it falls short of complying with the Federal Information Security Management Act. The VA failed the cybersecurity audit even a year after Congress revealed the agency has already suffered eight significant data breaches during the past few years. The Government Accountability Office says it can’t even prove it made any real improvements to its networks over the past year, because it didn’t keep any records or evidence that any changes worked. The VA now says it will boost its cyber budget $60 million this year, for a total of $220 million.

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