Letter to the editor

I agree with the thoughts outlined in a Letter to the editor from May 17.

The events of Sept. 11 have shown the need for greater security of all types in order to protect all organizations from disasters, acts of terror or just unforeseen events. The problems arise when security is broken into separate entities.

I frequently find that information technology security is handled separately from physical security in most organizations. This can cause several problems, as evidenced by a Computerworld article concerning security cameras at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

In this case, physical security measures introduced vulnerabilities, and even a back door, into a supposedly secure government local-area network. The problem is largely caused by the lack of communication between those security groups within the organization.

IT security and physical security are different disciplines, but they should answer to, or fall under, control/authority of a common person/directory/manager. This is especially true in government facilities, but also applies to all organizations covered by Presidential Decision Directive 63, and commercial organizations as well.

Name withheld by request

WRITE US

We welcome your comments. To send a letter to the editor, use this form.

Please check out the archive of Letters to the Editor for fellow readers' comments.

Featured

  • Workforce
    online collaboration (elenabsl/Shutterstock.com)

    Federal employee job satisfaction climbed during pandemic

    The survey documents the rapid change to teleworking postures in government under the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    OPM nominee plans focus on telework, IT, retirement

    Kiran Ahuja, a veteran of the Office of Personnel Management, told lawmakers that she thinks that the lack of consistent leadership in the top position at OPM has taken a toll on the ability of the agency to complete longer term IT modernization projects.

Stay Connected