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Audit Focuses On State IT Security

A select group of Kansas lawmakers will be given an update on the state's Internet technology security Tuesday.

State auditors have been combing through security protocols for nine state agencies looking for problems.

Scott Frank, with the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit, says this is important because the state handles sensitive personal information.

“Tax records, through the Medicaid program there’s some healthcare related records. Plus when people do commerce with the state there often may be credit cards numbers that the state has in its possession,” Frank says.

Much of the information presented to lawmakers will not be made public, to avoid divulging any potential weaknesses. The audit's scope ranges from how well agencies control security passwords to how well state computers can fend off cyberattacks.