Information Security: State Has Taken Steps to Implement a Continuous Monitoring Application, but Key Challenges Remain

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of State (State) has implemented a custom application called iPost and a risk scoring program that is intended to provide continuous monitoring capabilities of information security risk to elements of its information technology (IT) infrastructure. Continuous monitoring can facilitate nearer real-time risk management and represents a significant change in the way information security activities have been conducted in the past. GAO was asked to determine (1) the extent to which State has identified and prioritized risk to the department in its risk scoring program; ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. July 8, 2011.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of State (State) has implemented a custom application called iPost and a risk scoring program that is intended to provide continuous monitoring capabilities of information security risk to elements of its information technology (IT) infrastructure. Continuous monitoring can facilitate nearer real-time risk management and represents a significant change in the way information security activities have been conducted in the past. GAO was asked to determine (1) the extent to which State has identified and prioritized risk to the department in its risk scoring program; (2) how agency officials use iPost information to implement security improvements; (3) the controls for ensuring the timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of iPost information; and (4) the benefits and challenges associated with implementing iPost. To do this, GAO analyzed program documentation and compared it to relevant standards, interviewed and surveyed department officials, and performed analyses on iPost data."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Information Security: State Has Taken Steps to Implement a Continuous Monitoring Application, but Key Challenges Remain, report, July 8, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296183/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.