State auditor touts progress in cybersecurity campaign

Since Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s appointment to the post in spring 2015, she said she has made cybersecurity a top priority and she and her office have been working to sniff out weak spots in state and local government and school districts’ data security practices.

According to Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 783 data breaches last year. The Federal Trade Commission recorded 332,646 identity theft complaints. All forms of fraud, including identity theft, cost Americans about $1.7 billion in 2014, or an average of more than $2,000 per incident.

Most people are aware of high-profile breaches that grab headlines. Criminal hackers last year broke into Anthem’s servers and stole more than 37.5 million records that contained personally identifiable information. Target’s famous security breach in late 2013 exposed 40 million customer debit and credit card accounts.

But it also happens in governmental sectors, affecting city halls, county and state offices and in school districts across the country, Galloway said, adding that “this is not just a conversation that needs to be going on in boardrooms.”

Read more: Missouri Times

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