[ISN] Tasmanian Audit Office reveals ‘excessive’ online attack risks

http://www.zdnet.com/article/tasmanian-audit-office-reveals-excessive-online-attack-risks/ By Leon Spencer Security ZDNet News March 27, 2015 A report from the Tasmanian Audit Office released on Thursday has revealed that at least five state government departments were open to excessive risk from online attacks. The Tasmanian auditor-general’s report (PDF) No. 8 of 2014-15, Security of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, outlines a number of weaknesses in the audited departments’ digital security. The audit was conducted on five of the state government’s departments, including Treasury; the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment; the Department of Health and Human Services; the Department of Premier and Cabinet; and the Department of Police and Emergency Management. The Audit Office found that although information was generally safe and secure with reasonable backup and access restrictions, all of the audited departments were at excessive risk from online attacks, due to a lack of Australian Signals Directorate-recommended mitigation strategies. […]