AP: More than two-thirds of state ObamaCare systems were initially rated “high risk” for cybersecurity

posted at 9:01 pm on February 25, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Here’s a report to brighten your day/heighten your faith in the Obama administration’s oversight of their gargantuan overhaul of one sixth of our domestic economy: In those oh-so-harried days leading up to the ObamaCare open enrollment period, when administration officials were throwing together the components that would eventually lead to a very botched website rollout, there was a lot of concern about the pending network’s level of cybersecurity protection. Such a massive data hub that connects so many people’s sensitive medical and financial information was and is bound to be a target for hackers and fraudsters, and setting up adequate protections should be one of the administration’s most important goals.

As the Associated Press reports, that concern was even more justified than we thought it was. In order to connect with federal computers and access individuals’ information from the Social Security Administration, the IRS, Homeland Security, and etcetera, state and other outside systems have to undergo a security review and receive an “authority to connect.” Well.

Documents provided to The Associated Press show that more than two-thirds of state systems that were supposed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information for coverage were initially rated as “high risk” for security problems. …

The administration says the documents offer only a partial and “outdated” snapshot of an improving situation, and the security problems cited were either resolved or are being addressed through specific actions. No successful cyberattacks have taken place, officials say.

However, the issues detailed in documents and emails provided by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal broader concerns than the federal Health and Human Services department has previously acknowledged.

They show a frenzied behind-the-scenes juggling act by officials and contractors as the Oct. 1 deadline for new health insurance exchanges loomed. Instead of providing a showcase for President Barack Obama, the launch of his health care law became a case study in how big technology projects can go off the rails. …

The administration insists that there’s no evidence to suggest that any major cybersecurity problems have gone down so far (so I guess we’re not counting that malicious code that programmers in Belarus may-or-may-not have inserted into the system?) — and I suppose we can only trust that the Obama administration will make sure it stays that way. How reassuring.


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Bmore on February 25, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Liberalism is a “high risk”..

Utopia isn’t what it haw been sold….

Electrongod on February 25, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Just getting closer and closer to single payer…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 9:10 PM

As the Associated Press reports

…well then…it’s 9/10ths!…AP has always been slanted in everything… to the left

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Designed to fail … and succeeding wildly …

ShainS on February 25, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Malfeasance.

diogenes on February 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM

High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Remember the old joke, “imagine if the federal government designed and built our ____. (pause for laughs)”

Now we have just another example.

slickwillie2001 on February 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Just getting closer and closer to single payer…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 9:10 PM

THE GOAL.
The whole time.
FAIL and ride in on a white horse to save the day with single payer–even now, somewhere in the White House/Democratic Congressional Caucus offices, a single payer plan is being put together or touched up so that it can be sprung on the populace when the economic and medical pain becomes sufficient to cause them to demand change….

It’s the only FAIR way to treat people, they’ll argue.

Never mind that life is neither fair, nor do the laws of economics bend for the utopian thinking of leftist.

*Hops of soap box, stomps off. *

Be back later….

Doc Holliday on February 25, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Must we really have these non-gay threads at HA?
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OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 9:41 PM

No successful cyberattacks have taken place, officials say.

Excuse me, but by it’s very definition, isn’t a “successful” cyber-attack seeking confidential info an attack that is UNDETECTED?

Or are cyber-crooks now leaving notes “Hey! Thanks for the info!”

GarandFan on February 25, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Security, secshurmity. U don’t need no stinkin’ security.

All ur identities are now belong to us!

climbnjump on February 25, 2014 at 9:51 PM

FAIL and ride in on a white horse to save the day

Doc Holliday on February 25, 2014 at 9:41 PM

The definition of liberalism.

Fail…dig the rabbit hole deeper…fail again…dig deeper…rinse and repeat.

xNavigator on February 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM

No successful cyberattacks have taken place, officials say

.

Why would anyone trust these “officials”? They have no track record of telling the truth and no incentive to admit to a security breach.

On the contrary, they have every reason to try to hide and cover up any security breach.

Alopen on February 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Garbage in … Garbage out.

majorzot on February 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM

2/3 or more? That’s a SOLID B+ people, solid B+.

jukin3 on February 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The administration insists that there’s no evidence to suggest that any major cybersecurity problems have gone down so far (so I guess we’re not counting that malicious code that programmers in Belarus may-or-may-not have inserted into the system?)

Well, gee whiz, it’s not like they were from the Crimea or something …

AesopFan on February 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM