New audit shows 25% of prison computers not updated properly

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Updated: 4/30/2014 10:44 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Anyone with a computer is used to seeing monthly updates for programs, meant to keep your system up-to-date and ahead of hackers.

Ignoring those updates can put your system at risk, and a newly published audit is showing about a quarter of desktop computers in our state prisons were out of date. This could expose them to a possible security breach.

We all know how annoying windows updates can be, forcing us to shut down our system, but they are vital to our security. Computers in places like the Nevada Department of Correction are no exception.

The Legislative Audit shows 52 of 211 desktop computers tested had not received operating system updates. The big issue is security risk, and the danger of someone remotely accessing the security system inside the prison to manipulating the cell doors and security cameras.

It may sound outlandish, but such a case was discovered in a Miami prison last year. Cell doors were opened by someone outside the control room, and rival gang members went at each other.

News 4 talked to the Department of Corrections to see how serious this matter was in Nevada. A spokesman said they were aware of the issues before the audit took place. "We were aware of the issues before the audit took place, which began in April and finished in September," said Brian Connett. "So we were already in the process of addressing the issues before the audit happened, so it was not a surprise to us."

Connett said all computers have bene upgraded and issues identified in the audit have been fixed. Funding is a major factor of getting behind.
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