MO Auditor Finds Cybersecurity Issues in School Districts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but is your child’s personal information protected by their school? For many Missouri districts, the answer is “no.”

State Auditor Nicole Galloway found several concerns with schools that weren’t properly securing student information in their databases.

The report highlights the top five most common concerns throughout the state: incomplete data management programs, poor management protocols, lack of formal training of security issues, nonexistent guidelines for security breeches and murky contracts with third-party security vendors.

Some school employees and staff were allowed to share password and user accounts. Other districts didn’t offer any formal training on how to protect data or what do in case of a data breech. Galloway also says she found some districts couldn’t monitor their third-party security vendors to ensure they complied with district security requirements.

“When I first announced the Cyber Aware School audit initiative, I hoped it would bring attention to critical data protection practices, and assist schools across the state as they worked toward securing weaknesses and increasing safeguards in their systems,” Galloway says. “Now that we’ve compiled the most common concerns, I believe this report can serve as a guiding tool for district leaders who want to take action to better protect student data, but until now, weren’t sure where to start.”

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