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Problems with Pentagon’s Classified Data Access Could Put Lives at Risk

Problems with Pentagon’s Classified Data Access Could Put Lives at Risk (Govt., Critical Infrastructure)

The military’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNET, offers need-to-know access to highly sensitive, classified military information to users with sufficient access and credentials. A report issued March 18 by the Defense Department inspector general showed ongoing issues with how the military manages access to the network that “could pose a risk to the life and safety of DoD personnel, impact military programs and operations, and lead to accidental or negligent exposure of classified information on the SIPRNET.” Ensure that approving officials maintained completed and approved user access forms because officials did not have a process to verify the accuracy and completeness of SIPRNET access forms. Ensure users had the required security training because officials did not have a process to verify users completed the required annual security training. Without review procedures in place, the Pentagon risks granting access to users who have not been cleared to view that information.

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