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OIG finds security flaws in wireless networks at federal health service data centers

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    Security holes which could lead to “unauthorized access” to personally identifiable information is not something you want to hear in regards to the wireless networks of a federal agency tasked with collecting and storing financial and health care information. Yet a recent Office of Inspector General report did say it found vulnerabilities in the wireless networks of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); if exploited, it could lead to unauthorized access and even “disruption of critical operations.”

    The OIG at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted a wireless penetration test on 13 CMS data centers and facilities; CMS, an agency within HHS, administers federal healthcare programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The agency “collects, generates and stores financial and health care information.”

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