Nevada audit cites lax prison computer security

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Updated: 4/30 5:50 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Legislature auditors say many computers used by the Nevada Department of Corrections do not receive regular security upgrades and are susceptible to hacking.

An audit released Monday says 52 or 211 desktop computers tested had not received operating system upgrades in more than three months. Employees at one prison indicated the equipment hasn't been updated since 2010.

Upgrades are needed to protect computers against Internet viruses and intrusions by hackers.

Some department computers also lack current virus protection as required by state standards.

Additionally, the audit says the department needs more controls to ensure that sensitive information stored in photocopiers is erased. Such information is stored digitally when employees make copies, fax, scan or print documents.

Department of Corrections officials accepted the findings and say they are working on corrections.

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