EPA watchdog warns about data ‘vulnerabilities’

By Kevin Bogardus | 03/05/2024 01:17 PM EST

“Left uncorrected, the EPA’s network is more vulnerable to threat actors,” the agency’s inspector general said.

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EPA's watchdog issued reports Tuesday on data vulnerabilities at the agency. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

EPA’s internal watchdog is warning the agency is at risk of cyberattacks because of lax controls for its data.

EPA’s Office of Inspector General released two reports Tuesday regarding the agency’s handling of data collected from companies as well as states and tribes on air, chemical and water pollution.

Security for EPA’s Central Data Exchange must be upheld because if penetrated, consequences could be catastrophic for the agency’s operations.


The watchdog office found EPA had not resolved “significant vulnerabilities” found in the system, including lagging compliance with security requirements and failing to track whether weaknesses had been fixed, according to one report.