Computer security (1 - 9 of 9 items)
Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges
GAO-16-659SP: Published: Sep 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2016.
What the Participants SaidForum discussions considered the implications of new data-related technologies and developments that are revolutionizing the basic three-step innovation process in the figure below. As massive amounts of varied data become available in many fields, data generation (step 1 in the process) is transformed. Continuing technological advances are bringing more powerful analytic...
Broadband Internet: FCC Should Track the Application of Fixed Internet Usage-Based Pricing and Help Improve Consumer Education
GAO-15-108: Published: Nov 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2014.
Based on an analysis of consumer data plans of the top 13 fixed—in home—and 4 mobile Internet providers, GAO found that mobile providers employ usage-based pricing (UBP) more commonly than fixed. Under UBP, providers can charge varying prices, change connection speeds, or take other actions based on Internet data consumed. The 4 largest mobile providers in the country all use UBP to some exten...
Internet Protocol Version 6: Federal Agencies Need to Plan for Transition and Manage Security Risks
GAO-05-845T: Published: Jun 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2005.
The Internet protocol (IP) provides the addressing mechanism that defines how and where information such as text, voice, and video moves across interconnected networks. Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4), which is widely used today, may not be able to accommodate the increasing number of global users and devices that are connecting to the Internet. As a result, IP version 6 (IPv6) was developed to...
Internet Privacy: Comparison of Federal Agency Practices With FTC's Fair Information Principles
GAO-01-113T: Published: Oct 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 2000.
This testimony compares federal agency Internet privacy policies with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) fair information principles. The World Wide Web requires the collection of certain data, such as Internet addresses, from individuals who visit web sites. However, the collection of even this most basic data can be controversial because of the public's apprehension about what information is c...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: 'ILOVEYOU' Computer Virus Highlights Need for Improved Alert and Coordination Capabilities
T-AIMD-00-181: Published: May 18, 2000. Publicly Released: May 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the ILOVEYOU computer virus, focusing on measures that can be taken to mitigate the effects of future attacks.GAO noted that: (1) ILOVEYOU is both a virus and a worm; (2) worms propagate themselves through networks, and viruses destroy files and replicate themselves by manipulating files; (3) the damage resulting from this hybrid is limited to use...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Comprehensive Strategy Can Draw on Year 2000 Experiences
AIMD-00-1: Published: Oct 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on efforts to protect the nation's critical infrastructures, focusing on: (1) GAO's recent findings on computer security and critical infrastructure protection; and (2) preliminary lessons learned from the year 2000 date conversion experience that can benefit critical infrastructure protection efforts.GAO noted that: (1) the nation's co...
Social Security Administration: Responses to Subcommittee Questions About the On-line PEBES Service
AIMD-97-121R: Published: Jun 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided answers to questions relating to its May 6, 1997, testimony on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) use of the Internet to provide Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statements (PEBES) to individuals.GAO noted that: (1) discussion should include a focus on system security for the following reasons; (a) there have been recent problems in i...
Social Security Administration: Internet Access to Personal Earnings and Benefits Information
T-AIMD/HEHS-97-123: Published: May 6, 1997. Publicly Released: May 6, 1997.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) recent experiences in providing personal benefits estimates to individuals via the Internet, focusing on general privacy and security considerations that federal agencies should address to safeguard any sensitive information made available as a public service via the Internet.GAO noted that: (1) SSA has recently tried to educate the public a...
November 1988 Internet Computer Virus and the Vulnerability of National Telecommunications Networks to Computer Viruses
T-IMTEC-89-10: Published: Jul 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1989.
GAO discussed the November 1988 Internet computer virus incident, during which a computer program disrupted national research networks' operations by entering their computers and continually reproducing. GAO noted that: (1) although the virus did not permanently damage Internet, a slightly different program could have caused widespread network damage and compromise; (2) Internet vulnerabilities fa...