|Representative Lyndon Carlson||Senator David Hann|
|Representative Sondra Erickson||Senator Warren Limmer|
|Representative Rick Hansen||Senator James Metzen|
|Representative Ruth Johnson||Senator Ann Rest|
|Representative Aaron Peterson||Senator Claire Robling|
|Representative Connie Ruth|
|Representative Tim Wilkin|
|Representative Torrey Westrom||Senator Richard Cohen|
|Senator Sheila Kiscaden|
|Senator Thomas Neuville|
The Legislative Audit Commission meeting was called to order by Senator Ann Rest, Chair, at 10:05 a.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold: 1) to review the Financial Audit Division’s report on Office of Enterprise Technology Mainframe Security and 2) a general discussion of computer security in state government.
Senator Rest introduced Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor. Mr. Nobles gave an overview of the scope of the report and then introduced Chris Buse, the Information Technology Manager from the Financial Audit Division.
Mr. Buse reviewed the results of the mainframe security audit, which assessed the adequacy of controls designed to protect the integrity and confidentiality of data. The report concluded that the mainframe data was vulnerable to loss, tampering, and unauthorized disclosure. Insufficient security planning was stated as the crux of the problem. In addition, the report noted that funding for security issues was weak, and there were too few security professionals. Security professionals are in high demand and the state’s pay scales for these positions are inadequate.
Senator Rest invited Mr. Gopal Khana the Chief Information Officer for the Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) to discuss the current security initiatives by the department. Mr. Khana stated that OET is committed to maintaining a secure environment through a combination of sound security policies and rigorous administration of those policies.
Senator Rest thanked Mr. Khana for his update and, since Senator Rest had another commitment, turned the meeting over to Senator Claire Robling to chair.
The focus of the meeting moved to a discussion from Mary Ellison, who is the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Ms. Ellison gave an update on the progress of the web-based motor vehicle registration renewal system. She acknowledged that the system is not yet up and running, but they plan to have an outside consultant do a final security check on the system before implementation.
Senator Robling thanked Ms. Ellison for the update and, with no further opinions or discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
Senator Ann H. Rest, Chair
Mary Moser, Acting Recording Secretary