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Gov't document: Health site posed security risk

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 10:00pm  ET

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a "high" security risk for President Barack Obama's new health insurance website.

The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn't able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.

Insufficient testing "exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as a high risk," the memo said.

The memo recommended setting up a security team to address risks, conduct daily tests, and a full security test within two to three months of going live.

At a congressional hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site's security certification is temporary, but asserted consumers' personal information is secure.


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