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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

Belleville-Henderson Central School District - Information Technology (2019M-128)

Released: October 11, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether District officials ensured employees’ personal, private, and sensitive information (PPSI) was adequately protected from unauthorized access, use and loss.

Key Findings

  • District officials did not provide IT security awareness training to all employees.
  • District officials did not develop procedures for managing, limiting and monitoring user accounts and permissions and securing personal, private and sensitive information.
  • The District did not have a disaster recovery plan.

Sensitive information technology (IT) control weaknesses were communicated confidentially to officials.

Key Recommendations

  • Provide periodic IT security awareness training to all employees who use IT resources.
  • Develop written procedures for managing access to the network and financial application.
  • Develop and adopt a disaster recovery plan.

District officials agreed with our recommendations and indicated they had already taken or planned to take corrective action.

Background

Belleville-Henderson Central School District (District) has a single K-12 building and serves the Towns of Adams, Ellisburg and Henderson in Jefferson County.

The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education (Board) that is responsible for the general management and control of the District’s financial and educational affairs. The Superintendent of Schools (Superintendent) is the District’s chief executive officer and is responsible, along with other administrative staff, for the day-to-day management of the District.

Quick Facts
Employees88
Student Enrollment455
Desktop, Laptop and Tablet Computers843
Total Network Accounts1,176
Nonstudent Network Accounts691

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018. We performed IT scans through November 1, 2018.


Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

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