Audit found CBC website at risk of cyber attack

| 22/07/2021 | 11 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): A heavily redacted report by the government’s Internal Audit Service about the vulnerabilities of the Customs and Border Control website said that it needed to be protected from the “growing rise of cyber attack”. While the details of the website’s weaknesses are all blacked out, the remaining text in the report, which was published just under a year ago, reveals that addressing the issues was a high priority. CNS received the document following an FOI request for several reports undertaken by the IAS.

The audit also found that while the public website content was “current, appropriate and functional… there were some significant exceptions”, all of which were redacted. The CBC, which had requested the audit, had responded by accepting the recommendations.

A CBC spokesperson told CNS that they could not release the report in full as it would expose the website to the very risks the audit had warned about. But they said that the CBC released a redacted version to show the effort the agency was making to try to keep Cayman safe.

See the redacted report in the CNS Library.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    An 11 year old with a ZX Spectrum could bring the entire CIG websites down in an afternoon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who has used it will know that the code is riddled with errors. If it’s that easy to crash it’s hardly surprising that it’s full of vulnerabilities.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well whoopie do!

    Which website up there isn’t at risk of cyber attack? Please tell us.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good on CBC for requesting the audit themselves.
    Its always a shame when some agency looks critically at themselves in order to approve (otherwise why ask for the audit) and then get beat up for it.

  5. say it like it is says:

    Redaction is a pseudonym for cover up i.e. removal of all sections which embarrass Government.

    • Anonymous says:

      Is it not blindingly obvious why it is sensible to redact exact details of the vulnerabilities? Think about it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I heard someone say CBC forked over $8M for that piece of trash code system they call COLS. This thing has more back doors than a Willie Dixon song!

  7. Anonymous says:

    A cyber attack might render it serviceable, and then people might find what they are looking for.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nothing will change. For years the public sentiment about customs has always been poor, but year after year you get the same piss poor service. They have no pride in their work. They all just collect their monthly pay and stroll around doing barely the minimum to keep their job. The tone at the top has always been the same, keep doing what you are doing. Until someone who cares enough is placed in as the head of CBC, we will continue to have nothing but the same.

    Its sad that I can purchase packages from anywhere in the world, and have it pass through 3 borders and 5 hands in 2 days but still it gets here and its 4-5 days to clear. It wouldn’t be a problem if the reasoning behind the delays made sense either. Also, I have personal experience with a package that I was told no-one could in CBC could locate. After complaining and making a fuss, one of the officers said he was going to speak to his supervisor. Upon doing that, he came back with my package, said it was “behind the supervisor’s door in his office”. What other reason was there than someone intended to take my package. This happened to me and another person I know had the same issue a few years back, which makes me wonder how often they get away with it.

    CBC does not work for us and we cannot hold them accountable for anything. Also, any criticism is just met anger and they tell us “its a difficult job” or “we need help from the public” or “its not my fault”. Always excuses and its never their responsibility. Typical.

    Unfortunately this is a common theme with all government run services here. There is no incentive to improve or provide quality service because there is no competition in the market and employees do not get fired, they simple get moved around.

    As a caymanian, I said to myself I will never work in government because I’m afraid I become the very thing which I despise.

    • Anonymous says:

      The head of the CBC has performed so well since he was appointed in 2015 that he was honoured with an MBE last month! His leadership and the success of the CBC was recognized, so he must be doing and amazing job!

  9. Nightmare says:

    Clearing goods is a nightmare. Not very user friendly.

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