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Evaluation Report: IG-0776

September 18, 2007

The Department's Unclassified Cyber Security Program - 2007

The Department of Energy expects to spend about $300 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 to protect its investment in information technology resources. These protective act~vities are critical to ensuring that systenis and data remain secure and available, especially in light of the increasingly sophisticated probes and attacks on Departmental infonnation technology resources. Experts note that successful attacks on Federal systems have emboldened hackers and that attempts to penetrate agency systems will continue to grow. As such, Department management has recognized the need for and has budgeted for a strong and effective cyber security program. Such a program is essential to minimizing adverse impacts on the Department's operations and preventing the unauthorized exfiltration of sensitive, privacy, or ~nission-relatedd ata.