Audit: Ozark County Needs to Improve Data Security

 

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by Sam Clanton

 

GAINESVILLE, Mo. – A state audit of Ozark County does not reveal any major financial concerns, but raises questions about the safeguarding of personal information on county computers.

The report from Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office describes weaknesses in cyber-security measures across multiple offices. Some offices lacked sufficient password protection controls, including a lack of requirements and the use of shared passwords to access computers.

The report also states some offices failed to appropriately store or maintain backup data, which increases vulnerability to cyber threats and encryption attacks.

Galloway says her office recommended a number of changes to help Ozark County better protect important information.

Other concerns raised in the audit include a reported lack of oversight for certain documents prepared by the county collector, and a need for more accurate reporting of employee hours.

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