The Department of Energy (DOE) may be at risk for cyber attack according to a recent report by the Inspector General. If the DOE fail to upgrade their security measures, they risk a security breach and possible loss worth millions of dollars.
The Office of Science in the DOE has delayed standardization of computer protocols and enhancing other cyber security measures, leaving the DOE increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack. The Office of Science is responsible for a number of nuclear facilities throughout the country.
Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services, Rickey Hass, said “Any system that is not as secure as it should be could be subject to compromise,” said Rickey Hass, Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services. “There are literally thousands of people who scan systems to try to gain access…Participation in the program is made to help minimize intrusion risks. This is a federal requirement and we’re bound to it for compliance with the standards.”