Real Cases E-mail a threat to IRS network: IG Aug 12 2006 01:14PM
Daniel Jimenez (dgj1menez hotmail com)
E-mail a threat to IRS network: IG
By Mary Mosquera, GCN Staff
08/11/06 -- 02:25 PM

The IRS is at risk for computer viruses because employees are e-mailing
chain letters, jokes, sexually oriented content and large graphic or picture
files in violation of the agency?s personal e-mail use policy.

Additionally, some e-mail servers are unsecured and unauthorized, said the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in a recent report. A
major contributor to the vulnerabilities of the e-mail servers was that
system administrators had not installed current security patches to them,
TIGTA said.

?As a result, the IRS? internal network, its computers and the data
maintained on the network could be at risk of being compromised, destroyed
or shut down,? said Michael Phillips, deputy inspector general for audit, in
the report.

Daniel Jimenez

[ reply ]


Privacy Statement
Copyright 2010, SecurityFocus