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Thursday
Jan162014

HealthCare.gov Passes Critical Security Test

Павел Игнатов/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Three months after its launch, HealthCare.gov finally completed end-to-end security testing -- and passed with flying colors, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) told Congress on Thursday.

Teresa Fryer told the House Oversight Committee that the tests, which were conducted late last month, alleviated her earlier concerns about risks of cyberattacks and theft of consumers’ personal information.

ABC News broke the story of Fryer’s initial opposition to launching the site on Oct. 1 without proper security testing; the administration proceeded with the launch against her advice.  She also revealed last month that several “high-findings” of security risk were flagged and resolved during intermediate testing in November and December.

Fryer said there have been no successful attacks on the website and that mitigation strategies put in place after Oct. 1 have been effective.

“I would recommend that [HealthCare.gov] be given a new authority to operate when the current authority expires in March,” she told the committee.

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