Government Computer News reported that recent intrusions into NASA's Earth Observing Systemâ''s networks â''cost NASA $1.5 million for incident mitigation and cleanup costs alone,â'' according to NASA's inspector general, Robert Cobb, in a memo issued Nov. 13.
According to Cobb, these costs were above the operational costs NASA sustained by the loss of systems availability. Cobb noted further that, "We have again included IT Security as a most serious management and performance challenge because our work and that of the Agency continues to report that significant weaknesses persist and many IT security challenges remain. Significant management and operational and technical control weaknesses continue to impact the Agencyâ''s IT Security Program and threaten the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of NASA information and its systems. That threat is tangible in that the Agency continues to be a target for criminal computer intrusions."