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VA Tracking Computer Security

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

October 20, 2010

As part of its ongoing initiative to ensure the security of its data, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented the Visibility to Desktop Initiation, reports the Federal Times. The program gives the department the "ability to, at any given time, look at the status of all 333,000 machines in the network from a central location. This includes the hardware, software, patch level, level of security compliance and membership of the administrative group," said Jerry Davis of the VA Office of Information and Technology. In addition, the VA has installed automatic encryption software on tens of thousands of computers, among other improvements.
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