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STATE REVENUE DEPARTMENT: Agency's computer security too lax

The Minnesota Revenue Department’s computer system that processes $5.5 billion a year in income taxes has multiple shortcomings that could allow employees improper access to tax returns, a new audit concludes. “Our overall conclusion was we just didn’t think the Department of Revenue had the level of security controls that we expected to find,” said Christopher Buse, who led a four-person legislative audit team that examined the computer system. An 18-page report released Thursday recommends the Revenue Department do far more to limit access to the computer system by employees who do not have a current need to use it in their jobs, and to quickly patch security flaws in software. Full Story

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