By Becky Nahm
Small Minnesota government agencies do not have adequate security
controls over their computer systems according to a report  from the
The report, released Thursday, identifies a small agency as any state
office, bureau, board, commission, or agency with 50 or fewer employees.
The report focused on 12 such entities.
The report showed most small agencies tested did not have the financial
resources to dedicate staff to manage and secure their computer
networks. It also found that many did not have written security
policies, strong firewall controls or strong password controls. The
report indicated most small agencies did not promptly install software
updates nor did they routinely monitor or scan their systems for
The report called the risks unacceptable. It says the agencies need to
have secure computer systems to protect the state from financial losses
and unauthorized disclosures of data.
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