Legislative Audit Division
State of Montana
Report to the Legislature
Information System Audit
Data Center Review
Department of Administration
This report contains five multi-part recommendations addressing:
Implementing an overall process to ensure threats to the data center are addressed.
Implementing safeguards over physical security to deter unauthorized access. Strengthening safeguards to mitigate water and earthquake-related threats.
Coordinating disaster recovery efforts.
Defining responsibilities for data center security and coordination.
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INFORMATION SYSTEM AUDITS
Information System (IS) audits conducted by the Legislative Audit Division are designed to assess controls in an IS environment. IS controls provide assurance over the accuracy, reliability, and integrity of the information processed. From the audit work, a determination is made as to whether controls exist and are operating as designed. In performing the audit work, the audit staff uses audit standards set forth by the United States Government Accountability Office.
Members of the IS audit staff hold degrees in disciplines appropriate to the audit process. Areas of expertise include business, accounting and computer science.
IS audits are performed as stand-alone audits of IS controls or in conjunction with financial- compliance and/or performance audits conducted by the office. These audits are done under the oversight of the Legislative Audit Committee which is a bicameral and bipartisan standing committee of the Montana Legislature. The committee consists of six members of the Senate and six members of the House of Representatives.
MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Senator Joe Balyeat, Vice Chair
Representative Dee Brown Senator John Brueggeman
Representative Hal Jacobson Senator Jim Elliott
Representative Christine Kaufmann Senator Dan Harrington
Representative Scott Mendenhall Senator Lynda Moss
Representative John Musgrove, Chair Senator Corey Stapleton
Representative Janna Taylor
LEGISLATIVE AUDIT DIVISION
Scott A. Seacat, Legislative Auditor
Deputy Legislative Auditors: Tori Hunthausen,
Chief Deputy Legislative Auditor
The Legislative Audit Committee
of the Montana State Legislature:
We conducted an information systems audit of Data Center operations at the Department of Administration. Our audit focused on the management and protection of the central data center against physical, logical and environmental threats.
This report contains multi-part recommendations addressing: implementing an overall process to ensure threats to the data center are addressed; implementing safeguards over physical security to deter unauthorized access; strengthening safeguards to mitigate water and earthquake-related threats; coordinating...
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