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FCC Botches $10 Million Security Overhaul
GAO Rips Apart Poor Network Upgrade Effort
by Karl Bode 12:39PM Tuesday Feb 12 2013
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).

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WiseOldBear
De gustibus non est disputandum
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join:2001-11-25
Phoenix, AZ

Lawyers Not Engineers

That's what happens when the lawyers replace engineers and competent technical people. FUBAR!
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My perception is REALITY

NyQuil Kid
8f The Nyquil Kid

join:2001-01-06
Brick, NJ

I am shocked...shocked I tells ya....

Is anyone really surprised that yet another government agency screws up and wastes money?

Well, at least Obamacare is going to absolutely perfect....

Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

Re: I am shocked...shocked I tells ya....

Do we really need to get into what most private sector companies due with the same money?

Not sure why the feds get propped up for ineptitude.
Gandalf4503

join:2002-06-27
Cohoes, NY

10 million dollars?

Don't worry, we can just print more!

Oh wait.

The FCC has regularly shown that it lacks organization, ability and common sense. I'm not the least bit surprised by their failure here.

ropeguru
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join:2001-01-25
Mechanicsville, VA

Re: 10 million dollars?

said by Gandalf4503:

Don't worry, we can just print more!

Just waiting on the Trillion dollar coin. Should be a collector's item.

aciddrink

join:2000-08-26

Re: 10 million dollars?

When the next civilization digs one of those Trillion dollar coins, it'll be an excellent museum specimen.
TechnoGeek

join:2013-01-07

Re: 10 million dollars?

Not really, they'll be so common that they'll be pretty much worthless.

Joking aside, I totally agree that replacing engineers with lawyers produces a mess.