Obama’s security being compromised due to archaic USSS communication systemMay 23rd, 2009 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 22 (ANI): President Barack Obama’s life could be in danger if 34 million dollars are not granted to upgrade the communication system of the US Secret Service, a report claims.
The agency says that its communication system is incompatible with the White House communication system, resulting in a “dangerous gap” that could “prevent the attainment of the performance target of 100 percent protection.”
The statements appeared in a 2010 budget request, submitted to Congress, Wired News reports.
“USSS’ protective and investigative missions will be functionally unable to respond to the increasing volume of threats without additional investment,” the agency said.
According to the request, the agency’s “degraded” networks and software are “adversely impacting critical operational missions” and could thwart agents communicating in an emergency.
The USSS also warned that without the multi-million-dollar upgrade, its system was vulnerable to hacker attacks.
A spokesman for the agency said the agency isn’t currently at risk.
“Despite the challenges we are currently facing with an aging IT infrastructure, this will not interfere with our ability to carry out our protective and investigative missions at this time,” the spokesman said.
However, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told Congress in March that “the agency’s IT and other mission critical infrastructure cannot sustain the tempo of current operations.”
Sullivan added that the agency flunked an NSA security audit last year that was intended to detect intrusions and vulnerabilities.
“While the NSA findings are classified, I can tell you that the results were chilling,” Sullivan wrote in the testimony. (ANI)
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