Donahue says Auditor’s Office must protect “soft targets” from cyber-criminals
OCTOBER 7, 2019, FRANKFORT KY: “Cybercriminals are like most other criminals. They look for targets that are the least able to stop them, and from which they can steal the most money. Kentucky counties are soft targets for these cybercriminals,” Sheri Donahue said as she unveiled Part Two of Cyber Architecture for a Safer Kentucky. (CASK)
Donahue added, “Our 120 counties are stunningly vulnerable because they lack the expertise and resources to prepare themselves. The counties that are least prepared are the ones who can least afford the expense of a ransomware or other attack.”
- Part Two lays out the plan to help Kentucky’s 120 counties and includes setting a baseline, establishing clear standards, adding IT Security as part of the counties’ financial audits, and auditing electronic voting machines.
- Part Three Released: October 14, 2019 will lay out the plan to address the many deficiencies in state government.
- Part Four (Planned Release Date: October 21, 2019) will lay out the plan to help Kentucky families.
- Part One was released on September 23rd and laid out the plan to modernize and professionalize the Auditor’s Cyber Security Audits. Before the Auditor’s Office can move forward, it has to upgrade its capabilities so it can address 21st Century threats.
She went on to say, “Nationally counties have been one of cybercriminals’ favorite targets. In general, a county has a larger tax base than a city and fewer resources to prevent a cyber-attack than a state. Kentucky counties are stunningly vulnerable to attack.”
Sheri Donahue the Democratic nominee for Auditor of Public Accounts, worked for the U.S. Navy for 20 years auditing multi-billion dollar weapons systems and managing classified intelligence contracts. Donahue was also the President and Executive Director of InfraGard, a 50,000-person organization that works with the FBI in IT Security and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure