HHS Comes Up Short in Web Application, Network Security, says OIG

March 13, 2019 - Eight HHS operating divisions were tested for web application and network security and found wanting, according to a recently released OIG report. The HHS divisions came up short in configuration management, access control, data input controls, and software patching. To identify the vulnerabilities, OIG contracted with Defense Point Security to conduct penetration testing during FY...

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