Auditor Finds Michigan Unprepared for Cyberattack.

MORGAN LYNCH | December 22, 2016

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The state of Michigan would not be able to recover its information systems or sustain its businesses processes if it were hit by a cyberattack, according to Michigan’s auditor general. The auditor general published a report that said the state didn’t have a sufficient plan to restore critical IT infrastructure and didn’t prioritize the systems that would need to be restored in the event of a technological emergency, such as a cyberattack. Michigan’s state servers are attacked 2 million times a day, according to the state’s auditors. The state developed a Red Card, which was supposed to contain critical IT systems that could be restored once connected to a new device. As of December 2015, the Red Card included 72 systems and 12 IT infrastructure services.  However, the auditor general found that the Red Card didn’t contain all of the critical systems, especially systems managed by government contractors. The report also found that not all of the backup servers had the technology to transfer to the Red Card’s systems. The auditor general suggested that the state add these programs to the Red Card.

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