FHFA falls short on cybersecurity

Tuesday - 5/4/2010, 9:30am EDT

Naba Barkakati, Chief Technologist, GAO

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  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency is being urged to improve its information security controls. The Government Accountability Office says the agency needs to do a better job at protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of financial information stored on its databases and networks. Naba Barkakati, the Chief Technologist at the GAO, joins us with an inside look at GAO's report. Hear more about it in the audio above.

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