State Auditor: “Mississippi Shows Disregard for Cyber Security in State Government”

An internal audit of security systems, measures and protocols of the Mississippi State Government, at the hands of the states own auditor, is said to have revealed complete “disregard for cyber security” at the hands of Government employers and public universities – leaving the state particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks as we head deeper into the 2020 US Presidential election season.

As was reported by Mississippi’s State Auditor earlier this month, “As required by state law, the Auditor’s office sent a cyber security survey to 125 state agencies, boards, commissions, and universities. Only 71 state entities responded to the survey, and several respondents did not complete it. This leaves the status of cyber security in more than 50 state entities completely unknown.

Among the government offices that replied to the survey, the report shows at least 11 do not have adequate written procedures to prevent or recover from a cyber attack. Another 22 respondents have not executed a third-party risk assessment. Having a third party test the vulnerability of an agency’s server is a requirement under state law. Further, 38% of all respondents indicate sensitive information like health information, tax data, and student information is not being encrypted to protect it from hackers.

In short, the survey found over half of all respondents are less than 75% compliant with state cyber security laws.“”

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