Risk Assessment Abstract and Annotated Bibliography

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Risk Assessment Abstract and Annotated Bibliography UMUC Abstract The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the largest departments in the United States government. They employ over 300,000 civilian workers providing various services to over 28 million of our nations Veterans to include: education assistance, life insurance, burial benefits, medical benefits, pension and retirement information and finally disability compensation. The function of this department is to continue necessary support of Veterans after they have left the armed services and are attempting to make the transition back into civilian life. The IT Systems and applications that the VA uses currently to support all of these former soldiers and their…show more content…
The author sheds light on several different instances where the government has failed to put the proper tools in place to secure sensitive and classified data within its IT sector. They highlight the unfortunate security incident that took place at the VA and the steps taken thereafter to try and fix the problems within cyber security. They also discuss the importance of utilizing FISMA and NIST guidelines in an effort to try and fix the issues within a lot of the lower rated government agencies. The author also discusses how the low ratings are actually a vast improvement from the previous scores received by the government in the past and what was done to obtain the higher marks. This article is relevant to my risk assessment because it highlights where the government currently is in terms of cyber security and how cloud computing can possibly bring them even further down if not used properly. 4. Powers, V. (2008). Data Defense. Government Technology, 21(4), 44-45. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. The author discusses the situation surrounding the VA and the stolen laptop incident which resulted in the loss of several million Veterans personal identifiable information (PII). This incident received national scrutiny and is considered to be one of the most embarrassing moments within the VA and the author goes on to discuss the
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