SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – Although protecting personal data and improving information security systems are staples of California’s current legislative session, a new report released Tuesday says over 20 state agencies are hacking risks due to lax IT protocols.
Of the 33 agencies surveyed, state auditors pinned 21 as having high-risk security deficiencies. The report says the security flaws could both open residents up to identify theft and hurt the state’s finances.
“Given the amount of data the state maintains, the financial cost of a data breach and the damage to its credibility and reputation could be significant,” the audit warns. “The consequences of a data breach highlight the importance of information security in both the public and private sectors.”