Thursday, January 28, 2016
State audit to focus on cybersecurity in Waynesville School District
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced today that her office has begun an audit of the Waynesville School District in Pulaski County. The audit, which is part of Auditor Galloway's Cyber Aware School Initiative, will evaluate the district's current measures to protect student data and offer recommendations for increased security.
"Our schools deal every day with sensitive information, including health files, student performance records and parents' personal information," Auditor Galloway said. "I understand the very real concern that my private information, or my children's, could end up in the wrong hands. My team will look at Waynesville's current practices to ensure the district is taking proactive steps to keep data secure."
Waynesville is one of five school districts selected for review by the State Auditor's Office for the cybersecurity initiative. Auditors are already reviewing Boonville School District in Cooper County and will begin audits in three other districts around the state: Cape Girardeau School District in Cape Girardeau County, Orchard Farm School District in St. Charles County and Park Hill School District in Platte County.
Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration during the audit may contact the State Auditor's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-347-8597.
Since taking office Auditor Galloway has made cybersecurity a priority across all components of government, including Missouri schools. The Cyber Aware School Audits are part of an ongoing emphasis on data protection practices and keeping Missourians' information secure.