Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

GAO: Technology Gaps Jeopardize U.S. Visa Entry System

Incomplete biometric identification is among the gaps the DHS needs to fill to secure the US-VISIT foreign visitors system.

Inside DHS' Classified Cyber-Coordination Headquarters
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Inside DHS' Classified Cyber-Coordination Headquarters
An incomplete biometric system is one of the gaps jeopardizing the security of the U.S. visa entry system, according to a government watchdog agency.

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTCEU) is in charge of enforcing laws that govern foreigners who overstay their time in the country. To help in this endeavor, the DHS has deployed a biometric-based identification system called US-VISIT to keep track of foreign nationals when they enter and leave the country.

Though the system is operating in ports of entry when people enter the country, it's not fully operational when they leave, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report is based on testimony made by Richard M. Stana, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues for the GAO, before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security.

Without this system fully in place, the DHS is relying on biographical data it has on foreign nationals to identify people who have overstayed their visas. However, "unreliable data hinder DHS's efforts to accurately identify overstays," said Stana.

The report noted that weaknesses in DHS processes for collecting departure data are making it difficult for the government to determine overstay rates.

Moreover, the DHS still has yet to define, plan, or justify biometric and other features of its US-VISIT exit projects on the basis of costs, benefits, and risks, despite a proposal to spend tens of millions of dollars on them, Stana testified.

"We concluded that, without a master schedule that was integrated and derived in accordance with relevant guidance, DHS could not reliably commit to when and how it would deliver a comprehensive exit solution or adequately monitor and manage its progress toward this end," said the report.

The DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Join us for GovCloud 2011, a day-long event where IT professionals in federal, state, and local government will develop a deeper understanding of cloud options. Register now.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Stop Defending Everything
Kevin Kurzawa, Senior Information Security Auditor,  2/12/2020
Small Business Security: 5 Tips on How and Where to Start
Mike Puglia, Chief Strategy Officer at Kaseya,  2/13/2020
Architectural Analysis IDs 78 Specific Risks in Machine-Learning Systems
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  2/13/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-5530
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-18
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in Easy Property Listings versions prior to 3.4 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of administrators via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2020-1842
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-18
Huawei HEGE-560 version 1.0.1.20(SP2); OSCA-550 and OSCA-550A version 1.0.0.71(SP1); and OSCA-550AX and OSCA-550X version 1.0.0.71(SP2) have an insufficient authentication vulnerability. An attacker can access the device physically and perform specific operations to exploit this vulnerability. Succe...
CVE-2020-8010
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-18
CA Unified Infrastructure Management (Nimsoft/UIM) 9.20 and below contains an improper ACL handling vulnerability in the robot (controller) component. A remote attacker can execute commands, read from, or write to the target system.
CVE-2020-8011
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-18
CA Unified Infrastructure Management (Nimsoft/UIM) 9.20 and below contains a null pointer dereference vulnerability in the robot (controller) component. A remote attacker can crash the Controller service.
CVE-2020-8012
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-18
CA Unified Infrastructure Management (Nimsoft/UIM) 9.20 and below contains a buffer overflow vulnerability in the robot (controller) component. A remote attacker can execute arbitrary code.