Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Manual 3525-001

CHAPTER 5 - PART 1

USDA INTERNET ACCESS SECURITY FOR

PRIVATE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

1 BACKGROUND

USDA DR 3300-1, Telecommunications, Appendix I, authorizes use of the Internet to support Departmental and agencies missions and responsibilities through the access and use of authorized remote information systems. When agency or staff office Internet requirements cannot be met through use of the USDA Internet Access Network, a technical exception must be obtained from the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of Cyber Security, for access to a private Internet Service Provider. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) performed an audit of Information Resources Management controls in the use of the Internet and found potential vulnerabilities to the Department and recommended security provisions to protect USDA data. This chapter responds to security issues identified in Audit Report 50099-7-FM, USDA Access to the Internet and Audit Report 23099-1-FM, OCIO Security Over Data Transmission in the Department Needs Improvement.

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