House probes cyber security

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By Roger Snodgrass

A House investigations subcommittee resumed scrutiny of security issues at the national weapons labs Thursday in Washington, D.C., with more than one suggestion that Los Alamos National Laboratory may have turned a corner.

The meeting was a follow-up on security at LANL, but new concerns about a physical security failure at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory drew sharp attention.

LANL Director Michael Anastasio joined directors of the other two national labs and Department of Energy security officials at the hearing.

“I am pleased to report that at Los Alamos, we now have a record of successes, in both physical security and cyber security,” he said in an oral statement.

Anastasio and the others responded to a number of recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) and DOE Inspector General audits, along with testimony by the responsible officials during the hearing.

“Physical security at LANL is in a period of significant improvement and LANL is implementing over two dozen initiatives to better protects its classified assets,” stated the lead sentence in GAO’s formal testimony. “However, while LANL’s current initiatives address many physical security problems previously identified in external security evaluations, other significant problems have received insufficient attention.”

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