MeriTalk – Census CIO Says DHS Penetration Tests Confirm Data Security

“U.S. Census Bureau CIO Kevin Smith said that the Department of Homeland Security performed penetration tests this year that were unable to break through Census’ data safeguards, confirming the strength of Census’ cybersecurity programs for both its self-response website and in-field mobile devices.”

“Smith’s statements–delivered last Friday during a 2020 Census Quarterly Program Management Review–were aimed at dispelling recent worries of potential data security issues at the bureau.”

“Numerous former top Federal government officials recently wrote the Department of Commerce–which houses the Census Bureau–for more information on security practices. The bureau shortly after released a statement citing its robust security. Last week, Smith provided more color on the steps taken to ensure security…” Read the full article here.

Source: Census CIO Says DHS Penetration Tests Confirm Data Security – August 6, 2018. MeriTalk.

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