U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Security Over Computers Used in Telecommuting Needs to Be Strengthened (Ref. No. 2003-20-118) (July 2003) (full-text).
This report presents the results of our review to evaluate actions taken by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reduce the risks associated with telecommuting. The report recommended that the Acting Deputy Commissioner for Modernization & Chief Information Officer (CIO):
- Provide increased security awareness for employees.
- Develop guidance for functional managers to ensure sensitive data on laptop computers are encrypted.
- Require that encryption keys for laptop computers be kept separate from hard drives.
- Give consideration to encryption packages that comply with Federal Government requirements.