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HHS cybersecurity chief says health care website tests didn't follow security 'best practices'
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:21 AM EST
The top cybersecurity officer for the Health and Human Services Department says he was concerned about potential vulnerabilities before the launch of the Obama administration's health care website.
Charest told congressional investigators during a Jan. 8 deposition that websites typically undergo full security testing after they are fully built and stable. HealthCare.gov was under construction and prone to crashing.
Excerpts of his testimony were provided to The Associated Press by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Charest and Teresa Fryer — another government cybersecurity professional who had qualms — are expected to testify before the panel Thursday.