VA awards contract for security test
- By Judi Hasson
- Nov 21, 2000
The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Corbett Technologies a one-year
contract to assess the VA's computer security systems.
The small, veteran-owned company will evaluate every VA security system
and develop recommendations to make sure the agency complies with federal
regulations. The criteria will be used by the VA's 172 hospitals and 500
other VA facilities.
In addition, four area offices and 58 regional offices as well as the National
Cemetery Administration will use the recommendations to help develop a comprehensive
information systems security program, according to Corbett, an Alexandria,
Va.- based security consulting firm.
"This contract demonstrates the VA's commitment to implement a comprehensive,
integrated security management program to ensure that the VA's information
assets are adequately protected against unauthorized access, theft, misuse
or loss," said Barry Stauffer, Corbett's president and chief executive officer.
The federal government requires every federal agency to undergo an independent
technical evaluation every three years. It also requires that the system
be approved for operations.
The VA has come under repeated criticism for failing security tests. Earlier
this year, an independent consulting company hired by the government was
able to break into the VA computer system and obtain confidential data about