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IRS cut its cybersecurity staff by 11% over four years

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    The Internal Revenue Service, which disclosed this week the breach of 100,000 taxpayer accounts, has been steadily reducing the size of its internal cybersecurity staff as it increases its security spending. This may seem paradoxical, but one observer suggested it could signal a shift to outsourcing.

    In 2011, the IRS employed 410 people in its cybersecurity organization, but by 2014 the headcount had fallen by 11% to 363 people, according to annual reports about IRS information technology spending by the U.S. Treasury Department Inspector General.

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    Data from the 2011 edition of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General’s Annual Assessment of the Internal Revenue Service Information Technology Program. MITS stands for the IRS’s Modernization and Information Technology Services Division.

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