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Memo: O-Care Site Was At ‘High Risk’ At Roll-Out

From an unfazed Reuters:

Obamacare website security at ‘high risk’ before launch -memo

By Jim Finkle | October 30, 2013

BOSTON (Reuters) – The security of the Obama administration’s healthcare website was at "high risk" because of lack of testing before it opened for enrollment on October 1, according to a government memorandum reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday.

The HealthCare.gov site collects a trove of sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and birth dates that could be used by criminals in an array of schemes.

A government spokeswoman said on Wednesday that steps to mitigate security concerns have been implemented since the memo was written on September 27 and that consumer data is secure.

So they were able to fix all of these concerns in the three days before the rollout? (Between September 27 and October 1st.) Somehow we don’t believe that.

In fact, we don’t believe the concerns have been fixed yet. After all, the system still has not been shut down so it can be tested ‘end to end.’ And it still hasn’t been certified to be secure by any IT experts. As Obama-Care requires before any launching of the site. (And Obama-Care is the Law Of The Land.)

"From a security perspective, the aspects of the system that were not tested due to the ongoing development exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as a high risk," said the memo from Department of Health and Human Services officials James Kerry and Henry Chao.

The memo recommended the creation of a dedicated security team, weekly testing of servers, daily scans and a full security assessment within 60 to 90 days of launch. It provided for a temporary, six-month authority to operate the system.

According to the document, the recommendation was approved by Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lead agency at HHS managing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare

Well, as long as these recommendations were written out in a memo, that should be good enough.

The September 27 memo came up during a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday to question HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about technical problems that have stalled access to the website for millions of consumers. Sebelius confirmed its main points and said the plan to ensure security was underway.

Sebelius said that the site had a temporary certificate, known as an "authority to operate" and that the agency would issue a permanent certificate once security concerns were alleviated…

What’s the problem? They say they ‘have a plan’ to ensure security, and eventually the site will be certified to be secure. And what’s the rush, anyway?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Memo: O-Care Site Was At ‘High Risk’ At Roll-Out”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    I’ve been saying for years that it would be massive identity theft that would bring about the necessity for the population being forced to except implanted RFID chips (Rev.13:16-18) in order to buy, sale, get paid or even get so much as a doctors appointment. This ‘apparent’ incompetence, be it purposeful or not, only serves to push us quicker towards that demonic control mechanism.

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