Energy Department auditors cite cybersecurity flaws at FERC

The Energy Department's inspector general has found fault with cybersecurity procedures in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's unclassified cybersecurity program.

In a report issued today, the IG noted that FERC officials have continued to improve their cybersecurity program, and cited improvements since a previous review in 2002.

However, the IG staff found several areas in which FERC was deficient, including:
  • Access controls had in some cases not been implemented via strong password management

  • Some software with known security flaws was not replaced, and some users were at times provided access at higher levels than their duties required

  • Not all cybersecurity weaknesses were traced and resolved.

Auditors said FERC had overlooked the problems because officials had failed to complete compliance evaluations required by general federal requirements and agency-specific rules.

The report, however, omitted information on specific vulnerabilities and how they might be fixed. FERC management said that it generally concurred with the IG's findings and recommendations.

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