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Audit Report: IG-0787

January 16, 2008

The Department's Cyber Security Incident Management Program

The Department of Energy operates numerous interconnected computer networks and systems to help accomplish its strategic missions in the areas of energy, defense, science, and the environment. These systems are frequently subjected to sophisticated cyber attacks that could potentially affect the Department's ability to carry out its mission. During Fiscal Year 2006, the Department experienced 132 incidents of sufficient severity to require reporting to law enforcement, an increase of 22 percent over the prior year. These statistics, troubling as they may be, are not unique to the Department; they are, in fact, reflective of a trend in cyber attacks throughout the government.

Topic: National Security and Safety