Audit shows IT security problems

Topeka newspaper finds more than half of 19 state agencies failed to comply with IT security practices to protect sensitive information.

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February 21, 2020 - 3:10 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature’s auditing division says state agencies have significant information technology security weaknesses and haven’t made progress since previous reports showed the same problems.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that more than half of 19 state agencies studied failed to comply with IT security practices that protect sensitive information against data loss or theft. The findings were presented to the Legislative Post Audit Committee in an executive session and published online.

The audit division studied IT functions at agencies from January 2017 to December 2019. Most agencies failed to scan and patch computers to keep them secure. They didn’t have adequate response plans and didn’t encrypt, back up or destroy electronic data.

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