Critical Defense IG report disappears from the Web

Report criticized security breaches at Mission Defense Agency and Boeing, but became unavailable after news report.

After a report in Federal Computer Week that the Defense Dept. IG faulted the Mission Defense Agency for serious security lapses, the report has disappeared from the IG's website, the publication says.

Federal Computer Week published a Web article March 16 and a follow-up print article today about the report, which states that MDA and Boeing, the prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system and the GMD Communications Network (GCN) have allowed the use of group passwords on the unencrypted portion of the GCN rather than requiring individual passwords.

The report also faults MDA and Boeing for the lack of automated audit trails -- essential to catch inside or outside threats -- on the network.

The report, “Select Controls for the Information Security of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Communications Network,” vanished from the DOD IG audit report this past weekend.