VA devotes day to security
- By Judi Hasson
- Oct 29, 2000
The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a special event Nov. 3 to highlight
the importance of computer security and the responsibility of the VA's 220,000
employees to avoid lapses.
"We need to bring to the Computer Age the same values and commitment
that VA employees have always shown when it comes to protecting the confidentiality
of information about our veterans," acting VA secretary Hershel Gober said.
Among the day's events:
* Gober is expected to announce that some senior managers will be rated
on their performance of computer security issues as part of their annual
* Experts on computer and Internet security will appear on a closed-circuit
broadcast to all VA facilities.
The special day comes in the wake of criticism of computer security
at the VA. A private company hired earlier this year was able to break into
VA's computer systems numerous times and could have used VA data to apply
for phony credentials or conduct other fraudulent activities.
"Computer security needs to become embedded within the culture of VA,"
said Edward Meagher, special assistant to Gober for information technology.