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KDHE computers at 'high risk'

Audit finds vulnerability to hacking, viruses in state health department. The state agency in charge of protecting the public’s health and safety is having trouble protecting its own computers and information system, according to an audit released Wednesday. Operations of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment “were at an extremely high risk of fraud, misuse or disruption,” auditors with the Legislative Division of Post Audit concluded. “Computer data — much of it confidential — was at an equally high risk of loss or inappropriate disclosure.” KDHE is a large regulatory agency that collects records and information about Kansans on everything from child-care licensing to vital statistics. The agency is the leader for dealing with hazardous wastes, epidemics, immunizations and, most recently, the state’s bioterrorism program. It is the official custodian of Kansas birth certificates. Full Story

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