Auditor Galloway urges state and local government to evaluate cyber security risks in wake of Equifax breach

September 11, 2017

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway renewed ongoing efforts to make cybersecurity a priority across all facets of government. A recent cyberattack of Equifax, a major consumer credit reporting agency, potentially impacts approximately 143 million U.S. consumers according to the company. Auditor Galloway called on state agencies to review whether employee or citizen information could be at risk.

"The scope of the Equifax data breach is a sobering reminder of the need to protect sensitive personal data and make cyber security a priority throughout government," Auditor Galloway said. "I urge state government agencies that may have utilized these services to identify if any information could have been jeopardized and to proactively notify employees and citizens."

Auditor Galloway has focused on efforts to keep Missourians' information secure by incorporating data security into the standard audit process and regularly making recommendations to counties, municipalities and courts on ways to better safeguard electronic records.

Auditor Galloway is also reviewing ways to better protect electronic data within state government. She recently recommended cybersecurity enhancements to secure state vital records. The audit of the Department of Health and Senior Services' Vital Records Systems recommended department staff institute a comprehensive policy related to data security that expands the safeguards currently in place.

Missourians who feel they may be at risk should monitor their credit for any unusual activity and if they believe stolen information has been used, should contact law enforcement.

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