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Qld AG Blasts Govt IT Security Levels

Qld AG Blasts Govt IT Security Levels

Queensland government agencies need to address poor computer security measures identified in an audit report tabled in Parliament yesterday.

Recommending immediate action, Queensland Auditor General Len Scanlan identified 25 government agencies as having IT security problems that could expose them to fraud.

Scanlan said access control issues were a real concern with former employees having access to computer accounts, some public servants having access to more systems than their job required, inadequate monitoring of access privileges and a lack of passwords.

He said there has been some improvement since previous audits which found Internet security vulnerabilities, systems open to theft as well as changing and deletion of data or even outside control.

Scanlan plans to table detailed reports naming the worst offending departments and provide recommendations.

In a bid to see improvements Scanlan said there will be close follow-up and scrutiny on an agency-specific basis.

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