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Town of Mount Hope – Information Technology (2011M-203)


Released: January 6, 2012 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to evaluate the Town’s information technology infrastructure for the period January 1, 2010, to June 15, 2011.

Background

The Town of Mount Hope is located in Orange County. The Town is governed by the Town Board which comprises the Town Supervisor and four elected Board members. Budgeted expenditures for the 2011 fiscal year were approximately $4.3 million.

Key Findings

  • The Board did not adopt an acceptable computer use policy, a breach notification policy or a disaster recovery plan. As a result, the Town’s computer systems and data are at risk of damage and loss and employees may not fulfill their legal obligation to notify affected individuals in the event that private information is compromised.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt an acceptable use policy, breach notification policy and a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email: localgov@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236