Magazine article Information Management

Audit: Homeland Security Unprepared

Magazine article Information Management

Audit: Homeland Security Unprepared

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An internal audit released in June revealed that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - the office in charge of preparing the nation for disaster - is not ready for one itself.

The audit found that IT operations within the DHS are generally unprepared to recover from a major disaster. The report, published by the DHS Office of Inspector General, found that nearly 80 percent of the department's IT facilities lack fully operational data recovery sites.

"The inability to restore DHS' critical IT systems following a disaster could have negative effects on the performance of mission essential functions," the audit states.

Of the 19 sites examined, 15 were unable to perform complete backups of their data to a second recovery site. In the remaining four sites, the audit found problems that could "adversely impact recovery of critical IT systems."

This means that in the event of a disaster, the United States could face a disruption in airport screening or delays in processing government disaster assistance grants, the audit warned. …

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