FCC Botches $10 Million Security Overhaul
GAO Rips Apart Poor Network Upgrade Effort
The FCC recently obtained $10 million to upgrade what was fairly awful network security. The result? As Ars Technica
notes, an audit of the FCC's effort by the GAO
(pdf) found that the $10 million set aside for an "Enhanced Secured Network" was essentially just thrown into a giant black hole. Systems were misconfigured and glaring holes weren't fixed, and the agency's CIO left in January for other work. The news is probably very comforting to those consumers who allow the FCC to collect network data activity
from customized third-party routers (though that data is supposed to be anonymous).