Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced her office is beginning an audit of the Department of Health and Senior Services' Vital Records Systems, which house birth, death, adoption, marriage, and divorce records. The audit will review system security and the safeguards in place to prevent unauthorized or inappropriate access to records.
"The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is responsible for safeguarding some of our most personal information. This audit will review the precautions in place to keep your information secure and ensure it stays that way," Auditor Galloway said. "In addition to privacy concerns, there are real security risks if this information is compromised. Having a valid birth certificate is often the first step in securing additional identifying documents, like driver licenses and passports. Even a minor lapse in security could have major implications down the road."
Individuals with information related to the audit can contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at 800-347-8597 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since taking office Auditor Galloway has made cybersecurity a priority across all components of government. She was recently honored by the Center for Digital Education for her Cyber Aware School Audit program, which was designed to increase safeguards against unauthorized access to student records and information. Auditor Galloway has also incorporated data security into the standard audit process as part of an ongoing emphasis on data protection practices and keeping Missourians' information secure.