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Evaluation Report: IG-0738

September 18, 2006

The Department's Unclassified Cyber Security Program-2006

To help accomplish its strategic goals in the areas of defense, energy, science and the environment, the Department utilizes numerous interconnected computer networks and individual systems. Virtually all of the Department's systems are increasingly subjected to sophisticated attacks designed to circumvent security measures, trick unsuspecting users into divulging sensitive information or propagate harmful programs. A strong cyber security program is essential to minimizing adverse impacts on Department mission associated with successful attacks or intrusions and protecting operational, personally identifiable and other sensitive data from compromise. Overall, the Department expects to invest over $295 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 to protect its annual $2 billion investment in infornlation technology resources.