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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Press Release


November 25, 2013
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Contact: David Barnes
(202) 622-3062
David.Barnes@tigta.treas.gov
TIGTACommunications@tigta.treas.gov

The Internal Revenue Service Is Making Progress In Complying With Trusted Internet Connection Requirements

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making steady progress toward complying with a Federal Government initiative to improve the security of external computer network connections, though improvements could be made.

That is a finding of a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

The Office of Management and Budget’s Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) initiative aims to improve agencies’ security posture and incident-response capabilities through enhanced monitoring and situational awareness of all external network connections.

TIGTA evaluated the IRS’s three TICs to ensure that the connections comply with Department of Homeland Security requirements. The Administration expects Federal agencies to achieve 100 percent compliance with TIC requirements by Fiscal Year 2014.

Although the IRS has made good progress implementing the TIC requirements, TIGTA’s review revealed areas where improvements could strengthen the security posture of the TICs. For example, the IRS:

TIGTA made six recommendations to the IRS’s Chief Technology Officer, including: capturing and reviewing administrator activity on TIC devices; implementing a data loss prevention solution; and implementing vulnerability scans on TIC equipment. The IRS agreed with all of TIGTA’s recommendations and has planned appropriate corrective actions to address them.

Read the report.

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Note: The difference between the date TIGTA issues an audit report to the Internal Revenue Service and the date TIGTA publicly releases the report is due to TIGTA's internal review process to ensure that public release is in compliance with Federal confidentiality laws.

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