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Information Technology Management Letter for the United States Secret Service Component of the FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security Financial Statement Audit

Executive Summary

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 for the year ended September 30, 2014. KPMG LLP assessed certain non-technical areas related to the protection of sensitive information technology and financial information and assets at United State Secret Service (USSS). KPMG LLP performed after-hours physical security walkthroughs and social engineering tests and identified instances where USSS personnel did not adequately comply with requirements for safeguarding sensitive material or assets from unauthorized access or disclosure. The inadequate protection of DHS information systems and data from those without a need to know or a need for access puts USSS’ sensitive electronic and physical data at adverse risk of loss, theft, or misuse.

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