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Audit of the Charlie Ticketing SystemFor the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Team China Auditing Luke, Dylan, Scott, and Craig.
The Incident Three MIT students explored the obvious weaknesses at the MBTA. The MBTA’s fare-collection system named the Charlie Card was “hacked” to show false values. The entire MBTA facility was shown to be lacking security in general.
What Happened? The students got into the building through unlocked doors. Many locks were unlocked on rooms, phone boxes, and networking systems. They also found a key and other physical identification that should not have been laying around. They also eventually hacked the Charlie card’s mag-stripe value and then explored the RFID cards. They documented their entire experience with photos and assembled a slideshow. Link Here
Recommendations Risk Assessment (Internal & Third-party) Improve Physical Security Access Control Hardware & Software Visitor Management System
Risk Assessment Regularly scheduled (Internal & Third-party) Management, Security and end-user involvement Reports to identify risk areas and levels CounterMeasures® – Risk Analysis Software $14,500 (CounterMeasures®, n.d.) RFP’s to be reviewed for vendor selection
Physical Security Access Control Hardware & Software Increase security by eliminating keys Provide management, audit tracking and incident response Typical installations $1500 - $2500 per door (Access control, n.d.) RFP’s to be reviewed for vendor selection
Physical Security Visitor Management System – Lobby Track™ Increased control and security of visitors in MBTA facilities Security desk, on-line or self-registration kiosk check-in available $1800 per location (Edition Comparison, n.d.)
Thank You Team China Auditing Luke, Dylan, Scott, and Craig.
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