The Cost of State Agency Data Loss
States are finding that the costs of data breaches in state agencies is costing more than ever. Some things, like sticky-fingered employees stealing identity information to sell, can’t be solved by better technology. But weak passwords, limited security, or uncontrolled access, can be corrected.
After a data breach two months ago that exposed the Social Security numbers and other personal data of about 280,000 Medicaid recipients, the executive director of Utah’s Department of Technology Services has resigned. Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced the resignation of Stephen Fletcher on Tuesday.
This breach happen when hackers were able to got past a default password on an user authentication layer of the system. The attackers were then able to bypass multiple network, perimeter and application level security controls. The best practices in defense in depth includes building up layered security around risks associated with who users are and what they should have access to.
For more information about building the security around your sensitive state agency data, contact one of our specialists.
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