Donahue says Auditor’s Office should be leading and not retreating on cyber-security
OCTOBER 14, 2019, FRANKFORT KY: “In recent years the IT Security Audits performed by the Auditor of Public Accounts have actually been downgraded instead of rising to meet these new threats.,” Sheri Donahue said as she unveiled Part Three of Cyber Architecture for a Safer Kentucky. (CASK)
Donahue added, “Poor choices by the current Auditor in hiring unqualified management, inability to hire or retain field-level staff, and lack of focus on this critical issue has made the problem worse.”
- Part Three released today lays 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 that it can address 21st Century threats.
- Part Two was released on October 7th and laid 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.
She went on to say, “Kentucky can no longer retreat and hope that we won’t be attacked. The state must rise to the challenge, or we will become the next victim.”
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.
Cyber Architecture for a Safer Kentucky (CASK) Parts One, Two, and Three can be download by CLICKING HERE.