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USCG Must Improve the Security and Strengthen the Management of Its Laptops

Executive Summary

As of November 2012, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported more than 15,000 laptop computers in its inventory. These laptops are used by USCG’s military personnel and civilian employees to perform their job functions both in the United States and abroad. Our overall objective was to determine the effectiveness of USCG’s efforts to protect its laptop computers and controls implemented to safeguard its laptops and wireless networks and devices from potential exploits. We reviewed USCG’s policies and procedures for managing its laptop inventory. In addition, we reviewed the effectiveness of configuration management and technical controls implemented to protect the sensitive information processed by and stored on selected laptops.

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