Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced today that her office has begun an audit of the Park Hill School District in Platte County. The audit, which is part of Auditor Galloway's Cyber Aware School Initiative, will evaluate the district's current measures to protect student data and offer recommendations for increased security.
"Parents often provide health records to the school nurse, authorize bank debits for a lunch plan or exchange emails with a teacher about concerns in the classroom. Schools must safeguard the information they have on individual students and their families," Auditor Galloway said. "As a parent, I want to know my children's information is being protected, and parents across the state deserve to know schools have taken precautions to prevent personal information from ending up in the wrong hands."
Park Hill is one of five school districts selected for review by the State Auditor's Office for the cybersecurity initiative. Auditor Galloway released an audit of the Boonville School District in Cooper County in March, and audits are currently underway in Cape Girardeau School District in Cape Girardeau County and Waynesville School District in Pulaski County. An audit of the Orchard Farm School District in St. Charles County will begin later this year.
Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration during the audit may contact the State Auditor's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-347-8597.
Since taking office Auditor Galloway has made cybersecurity a priority across all components of government, including Missouri schools. The Cyber Aware School Audits are part of an ongoing emphasis on data protection practices and keeping Missourians' information secure.