JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMOX) – Nicole Galloway made cyber security issue when she was appointed as Missouri’s state auditor in the spring, five school districts across the state will be investigated for its protection against hackers.

Galloway says in the past 10 years more than 250 schools have had a data breach or compromise, several of those in Missouri.

“As a mother of two little boys, I think about keeping them safe and secure,” Galloway says. “A school district has responsibility to protect (online) information. If they are going to require social security numbers, health information, they are going to require personal information about you or about your students then they have the responsibility to proactively protect it.”

Beyond protection of of online information Galloway says her audit will look into what happens if the protection fails.

“We’re looking to see, can school districts detect a data breach?,” Galloway says. “And once it detected do they have procedures and plans in place to to address it.”

She says at least three schools in Missouri have had it’s online date breached in the last year.

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