NASA OIG outlines recommendations for improvement of Information Security Program

“In order to strengthen the Agency’s information security program, we made nine recommendations to the Acting Chief Information Officer to include: (1) ensuring the information system oversight process identifies delinquent control risk assessments and timely corrective action initiated to ensure that controls are reviewed and tested; (2) issuing clarifying policy guidance to ensure that controls for all active NASA information systems that are categorized as “other than satisfied” are properly supported; (3) issuing clarifying policy guidance that the Agency’s system authorizing officials should ensure that all active information systems operated for the benefit of NASA are covered by an approved contingency plan, when required; (4) issuing clarifying policy guidance that the Agency’s system authorizing officials should implement a review process to ensure that contingency plans for all applicable active information systems are reviewed on an annual basis; and (5) developing and implementing an effective process to ensure that all IT Security Handbooks and other IT governance documents are reviewed and updated at least annually in accordance with NASA requirements.” Access the full report here.

Source: Evaluation of NASA’s Information Security Program under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 – June 25, 2020. Oversight.gov.

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