Wednesday, September 29, 2010

States Unable to Protect Citizens' Personal, Health Data From Cyber Thieves

Byron Acohido writes on The Last Watchdog:

This should come as no surprise. State government agencies aren’t devoting nearly enough resources to protect citizens’ sensitive data from hackers and data thieves.

Some 49 out of 50 states report that a lack of budget is crippling efforts to manage cybersecurity effectively. One state chose not to participate.

That’s the upshot of a survey titled “State Governments at risk: A Call to Secure Citizen Data and Inspire Public Trust” conducted by consulting firm Deloitte & Touche and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

The study found most state CISOs lack the capabilities to adequately protect vital data, including personal and health information of their constituents, especially when compared to their counterparts in private sector enterprises.

More here.


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