EPA Still Has to Improve Safeguarding of Data, Watchdog Says

Dec. 8, 2021, 6:22 PM

The EPA must do a better job of quickly deploying security patches to its pesticide registration database, and verifying that its information technology contractors have taken the required training, according to the agency’s internal watchdog.

Those lapses could threaten the integrity of the Environmental Protection Agency’s systems and data, the Office of Inspector General said in a Wednesday report.

In one case, a software vendor released a security patch in July 2018, and it took the Office of Pesticide Programs eight months to install it, according to the report. EPA policy requires low-priority vulnerabilities to be patched within 30 ...

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