WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- With the Department of Homeland Security among the agencies failing, the U.S. government has been given a grade of D-plus for computer security.
A report Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee rated computer security in government agencies -- issuing a flurry of F's and a handful if A's. Overall, the government got a passing grade -- but just barely, with a D-plus.
Homeland Security was one of eight agencies that flunked -- getting an F for the third straight year.
"(Homeland Security) must have its house in order and should become a security leader among agencies," committee Chairman Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., said in a release. "What's holding them up?"
The Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency were among a group of five agencies getting an A-plus.
The report bases the grades on internal assessments from the agencies and how well they meet guidelines from the Federal Information Security Management Act.