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May 15, 2013

Report: CBP Must Address Information Security Weaknesses

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report on Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information technology (IT) control systems. The report, entitled "Information Technology Management Letter for the FY 2012 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Financial Statement Audit" found that CBP took some corrective action to address IT control weaknesses, but numerous new and continuing weaknesses remain.

The report, written by an independent accounting firm, found that the internal control weaknesses could potentially compromise the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial and operational data used by CBP. It also found that these weaknesses could impact financial reporting in a manner inconsistent with general accounting standards.

"This independent report shows serious weaknesses in CBP's information security practices at a time when we are asking more of those charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the borders. New problems are arising faster than old ones are being fixed. I urge the Chief Information Officers of DHS and CBP to follow the recommendations in the report and take corrective actions quickly. "

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