|Title:||Veterans Data Integration and Federation Enterprise Platform Lacks Sufficient Security Controls|
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Audits and Evaluations
The Veterans Data Integration and Federation Enterprise Platform (VDIF) allows VA to share sensitive health information with the Department of Defense and community care providers. VA is required by law to ensure the safe sharing of veterans’ sensitive personal information. Linking information across an extremely diverse and highly fragmented healthcare system can create technical challenges and increase vulnerabilities. Therefore, establishing the appropriate security categorization for VDIF is essential. Moreover, veterans who do not trust VA to protect their information may be more reluctant to seek treatment.