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W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, Chairman

The House Committee On 
Energy and Commerce
W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, Chairman

 
 

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
Protecting America's Critical Infrastructures: How Secure Are Government Computer Systems?
April 05, 2001
09:30 AM
2322 Rayburn House Office Building


Mr. Glenn Podonsky
Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance: US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20585

Thank you Mr. Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to appear before this subcommittee to demonstrate the cyber penetration techniques employed by my office. As you are aware, my office provides the Secretary of Energy with an independent view of the effectiveness of departmental policies, programs, and procedures in the areas of safeguards and security, emergency management, and cyber security. Today, my staff will provide you a brief demonstration of our cyber security penetration capabilities. With me for the demonstration are Mr. Jason Bellone, formerly with the FBI's Computer Analysis Response Team, Ms. Karen Matthews, formerly with the Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory, Mr. Brent Huston, author of a soon to be published book on hackproofing your E-commerce website, and Mr. Brad Peterson, the Director of our Office of Cyber Security and Special Reviews. Our cyber security office maintains a continuous program for assessing Internet security to identify vulnerabilities that hackers or others could exploit. As part of this program, we continuously attempt to penetrate the DOE cyber community. We do this by using off the shelf software and hacking programs that are available to virtually anybody. Using these tools, we have been successful in identifying numerous vulnerabilities on DOE cyber security programs that, I am pleased to report, have been largely corrected by the Department. We will take a few minutes to demonstrate the results of some actual inspections that have taken place over the last 6 months in order to show you the hacking techniques that we use. After the demonstration, we will be happy to respond to questions. Let me now introduce Jason Bellone to lead the demonstration.


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