Senate Challenges IRS to Strengthen Cybersecurity
On Tuesday, April 12, the Senate's Finance Committee convened to examine the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) current and future cybersecurity plans. The Committee, made up of 24 Senators from 22 states, discussed what improvements might be utilized to further protect sensitive taxpayer information from cybercriminals.
The Committee chairman was quoted saying "… We have [seen] unprecedented growth in the scope and scale of cyberattacks aimed at stealing personal information and billions of dollars from taxpayers. Last year alone, cybercriminals obtained access to sensitive personal information from several large health insurers, exposing tens of millions of Americans to potential identity theft."
The Committee did acknowledge, however, that while there have been some signs of improvement, the challenges will continue to grow as hackers become more sophisticated and more aggressive. The ultimate recommendation of the committee was to increase the IRS's authority over unregulated tax preparers, and to increase audits of the IRS's cybersecurity systems.
Article by: Travis Hudgins, Audit Staff Accountant