Report: Energy lab muffed classified computer control

Officials at the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have tightened controls over classified desktop and notebook PCs and removable media following an investigation that found fault with its inventory methods.

DOE has ramped up security oversight in recent months in the wake of controversies prompted by security lapses in 1999 and 2000 (Click for GCN coverage)

The Energy Department Inspector General Office's report (pdf, 16 pages) said investigators checked classified desktop systems and removable hard drives in a sample of about 200 machines, out of about 2,000 at the laboratory.

Among their findings were:
  • Classified Nuclear Emergency Search Team computers and removable hard drives were not properly inventoried.

  • Six classified desktop PCs that laboratory staff members had shipped to other locations remained in Livermore's property inventory.

  • Laboratory officials had not entered a classified removable hard drive into Livermore's tracking and accounting system.

  • The report said its 'findings'complement several recent Inspector General reports concerning the adequacy of internal controls over sensitive property such as classified computers and firearms' at Energy facilities.

    IG Office staff members issued several recommendations to Lawrence Livermore's management to tighten up classified system and data control. Laboratory officials adopted the recommendations, according to the report.


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