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Agency destroys $170K worth of IT gear over non-existent malware threat

Jaikumar Vijayan | July 11, 2013
Another $3 million worth of equipment at the Economic Development Administration would have met same fate but for lack of funds.

In September 2012, the bureau submitted a request to the Commerce Department's IT Review Board for $26 million over the next three year to fund its recovery efforts, the IG's report noted. The request was denied.

In February this year, the Commerce Department's IT began a full-scale recovery effort and restored EDA's full operational capabilities in five weeks.

In response to the IG's findings, Matt Erskine, the deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development noted that EDA had acted "out of an abundance of caution" throughout the incident. The response noted that the EDA had also continued to conduct and complete important work despite the disruptions.

In a separate repose, Simon Szykman, the CIO for the Department of Commerce noted that the department has launched a comprehensive incident response improvement project. As part of that effort, the Department has already completed a third-party assessment of its incident response capabilities, hired three experienced incident handlers and put a new security incident tracking system in place, Szykman noted.


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