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Mississippi gov’t agencies fall short of cybersecurity compliance standards

October 14, 2019 / Teri Robinson

Mississippi government institutions by and large are failing to comply with standard cybersecurity practices – only 71 of 125 state agencies, boards, commissions, and universities responded to a survey by the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) and only 53 of those have an articulated cybersecurity policy in place. At least 11 of those surveyed don’t have adequate plans in place to prevent or recover from a cyberattack, the audit found, and more than of the respondents are less than 75 percent compliant with the state’s cybersecurity laws.This survey represents some excellent but alarming work by the data services division in the auditor’s office, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said in a statement. “October is cyber security awareness month, and we should start this month by acknowledging the very real weaknesses in our state government system.