IG says IRS' Unix systems need audit trail

The IRS needs to expend more effort to monitor its Unix computers, the Treasury Department inspector general for tax administration says.

The IRS Office of Mission Assurance has developed an enterprisewide strategy to conduct routine reviews of system audit trails.

But the gathering and monitoring of audit data for Unix systems has stalled because the software the IRS bought to analyze the trail of data is not working, the IG noted in a recent report.

The IRS will continue to work on assuring adequate monitoring of its Unix systems, IRS mission assurance chief Daniel Galik said.

But because the agency intends to replace its old Unix systems next year and has a plan in place for audits generally, agency officials want the IG to stop citing the issue as a material weakness.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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