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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Ways To Beef Up IT Security

Bryan Thompson
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Kansas lawmakers are considering how to defend the state against cyberattacks or data theft. One possible change would consolidate all the state’s IT security into one agency. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, a state panel held a closed-door meeting on security issues this week.

Rep. Brett Hildabrand says consolidating the services will likely mean a cost savings. He says it could also create a consistent standard for IT security in Kansas agencies.

“So many of the agencies have just had their own standard. Some of those are good, some of those are bad, and I think that we need to standardize that so we can ensure the security of our infrastructure across the board,” Hildabrand says.

But Sen. Jeff Melcher says simply centralizing the service won’t guarantee a high level of security. He says they should hire an outside firm that can help create the central agency and make sure it’s staffed with knowledgeable people.

The committee will recommend changes to the full Legislature.