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[ISN] EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge



http://www.federalnewsradio.com/241/3382009/EDAs-overreaction-to-cyber-attack-highlights-every-agencys-challenge

By Jason Miller
Federal News Radio
7/8/2013

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost half of its IT budget last year to remediate a cyber attack that barely happened.

Commerce's inspector general found in a report released last week a string of errors and miscommunications led to EDA's overreaction of removing employee email and website access from the main agency network.

EDA's drastic steps to limit the damage by shutting down much of the access to the main Herbert Hoover Building network ended up costing the agency more than $2.7 million to clean up and reconfigure its network and computers. The IG said the bureau destroyed more than $170,000 in IT equipment, including desktop computers, printers, keyboards and mice.

But the IG found no evidence of a large scale malware attack, and in fact, a series of blunders between EDA and the Commerce Department's incident response team led to what turned out to be poor decisions by senior leaders, a waste of money and resources and potentially a disruption to EDA's mission.

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