We contracted with the independent public accounting firm KPMG LLP to perform the audit of the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the year ended September 30, 2014. KPMG LLP evaluated selected general information technology controls and business process application controls at the Other DHS Management components. KPMG LLP performed after-hours physical security walkthroughs and social engineering and identified instances where DHS personnel did not adequately comply with requirements for safeguarding sensitive material or assets from unauthorized access or disclosure. Inadequate protection of DHS information systems and data from those without a need to know or a need for access puts DHS’ sensitive electronic and physical data at risk of loss, theft, or misuse.
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