The Canadian Press
Nov. 18, 2010
HALIFAX -- Security weaknesses in computer systems operated by Service
Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations place a wide range of personal and
business information at risk, the auditor general concluded in a report
Jacques Lapointe said he found problems in the way passwords are
controlled, computer accounts are set up and security changes are made,
which means there's a risk information in three of four registries can
be used inappropriately by department staff and contract employees.
The problems primarily affect the land, business and joint stock
"Security configuration settings for the IT systems that support the
registries are not sufficient to prevent unauthorized access," the
report states. "Improperly configured systems limit (the department's)
ability to ensure information it retains is secure."
Lapointe said that in addition to the internal risk, the potential
exists for external hackers to get into the system through collusion,
bribery and blackmail, which could lead to identity theft, the loss of
land ownership or the disruption of business operations.
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