Security vulnerabilities of the Indian Health Service need addressing after an external penetration test of its computer network was able to gain unauthorized access, a Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General report concludes.

IHS, which consists of 28 hospitals, 61 health centers and 34 health stations, provides health services directly through tribally contracted and operated health programs and through services purchased from private providers. In June 2013, OIG tested the effectiveness of IHS’s network security controls and was able to obtain unauthorized access to an IHS Web server and an IHS computer.

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