IT System Security
Critical to the Bureau's ability to perform its data collection and analysis duties are its information systems and the protection of the information they contain. A data breach could result in the public's loss of confidence in the Bureau, thus affecting its ability to collect census data. Access controls are designed and implemented to ensure the reliability of an agency's computerized information. n20 Access controls that are intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computing resources, programs, information, and facilities, are referred to as logical and physical access controls. Inadequate design or implementation of access controls increases the risk of unauthorized disclosure, modification, and destruction of sensitive information and disruption of service.
The Bureau is moving forward along a number of fronts to secure a more cost-effective 2020 enumeration. Significant research is already under way, and the Bureau is responding to our past recommendations. A little more than 6 years remains until Census Day 2020. While this might seem like an ample amount of time to finalize the Bureau's planning process and take steps to control costs, past experience has shown that the chain of interrelated preparations that need to occur at specific times and in the right sequence leave little room for delay or missteps.
Thus, as the Bureau's 2020 planning and reform efforts gather momentum, the effectiveness of those efforts will be determined in large measure by the extent to which they enhance the Bureau's ability to control costs, ensure quality, and adapt to future technological and societal changes. Likewise,
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