Dec022013
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Stephen Koranda

Audit Focuses on KS Government IT Security

Legislative-Division-Post-AuditA select group of Kansas lawmakers will be given an update on the state’s IT security tomorrow (TUE). State auditors have been combing through security protocols for nine state agencies looking for problems. Scott Frank, with the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit, says this is important because the state handles sensitive personal information.

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Much of the information presented to lawmakers will not be made public, to avoid divulging any potential weaknesses. The audit’s scope ranges from how well agencies control security passwords to how well state computers can fend off cyberattacks.

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A select group of Kansas lawmakers will receive an update on the state’s IT security during a committee meeting Tuesday. The annual audit involves combing through the security protocols of state agencies and looking for problems. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.

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The auditors have been scrutinizing security procedures at nine state agencies. Scott Frank is with the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit. He says security is important because the state handles sensitive information… in tax records, Medicaid health documents and other places. Frank says they look at agencies from a variety of angles, from how they handle passwords to how well they can fend off a cyberattack.

“And we give them some pretty specific feedback on the problems and then try and paint a broader, more general picture for the legislators to get a sense of what we’re seeing out there,” says Frank.

Much of the information presented to lawmakers will not be made public, to avoid divulging any potential weaknesses. Legislators will be briefed on the audit’s findings in a closed-door meeting. 

 

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