US Homeland Security Agency hacked to ribbons

As I mentioned early last week, the US Department for Homeland Security has now made a series of presentations to the US Congress about IT security, the results of which have been made public.

It seems that the US agency has been caught with its proverbial pants down on the IT security front, with hackers successfully penetrating its systems, knackering (that's a technical term -Ed) its Web sites and experiencing the joy of learning its laptops have gone missing.

In total, the agency suffered 844 cybersecurity "incidents" in fiscal 2005 and 2006, including some resulting in infection with viruses or other malicious code.

Scott Charbo, the US agency's chief information officer acknowledged in his prepared testimony: "Certainly, we need to increase our vigilance to ensure that such incidents do not happen again."

Don't sweat it Scott. It just goes to show that even with the best IT security systems and policies in place, you can still get caught out.

Excuse me whilst I check my multi-firewall, anti-spam super router-based anti-malware systems...