Information Security: Improving Oversight of Access to Federal Systems and Data by Contractors Can Reduce Risk

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The federal government increasingly relies on information technology (IT) systems to provide essential services affecting the health, economy, and defense of the nation. To assist in providing these important services, the federal government relies extensively on contractors to provide IT services and systems. In addition to contractors that provide systems and services to the federal government, other organizations possess or use federal information or have access to federal information systems. These other organizations with privileged access to federal data and systems can include grantees, state and ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. April 22, 2005.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The federal government increasingly relies on information technology (IT) systems to provide essential services affecting the health, economy, and defense of the nation. To assist in providing these important services, the federal government relies extensively on contractors to provide IT services and systems. In addition to contractors that provide systems and services to the federal government, other organizations possess or use federal information or have access to federal information systems. These other organizations with privileged access to federal data and systems can include grantees, state and local governments, and research and educational institutions. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cited contractor security as a governmentwide challenge in a 2001 information security report to Congress. Recognizing the need for agencies to have effective information security programs, Congress passed the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), which provides the overall framework for ensuring the effectiveness of information security controls that support federal operations and assets. FISMA requirements apply to all federal contractors and organizations or sources that possess or use federal information or that operate, use, or have access to federal information systems on behalf of an agency. Our objectives were to (1) describe the information security risks associated with the federal government's reliance on contractor-provided IT systems and services and other users with privileged access to federal data and systems; (2) identify methods used by federal agencies to ensure security of information and information systems that are operated, used, or accessed by contractors and other users with privileged access to federal data; and (3) discuss steps the administration is taking to ensure implementation and oversight of security of information and information systems that are operated, used, or accessed by contractors and other users with privileged access to federal data and systems."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Information Security: Improving Oversight of Access to Federal Systems and Data by Contractors Can Reduce Risk, report, April 22, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc297866/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.