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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

Binghamton City School District – Information Technology (2019M-147)

Released: October 25, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether the Board and District officials adequately safeguarded data from abuse or loss.

Key Findings

  • Officials do not regularly review network user accounts and disable those that are determined to be unnecessary.
  • The Board does not have an adequate contract and separate service level agreement (SLA) for information technology (IT) services provided by the Broome Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ South Central Regional Information Center (SCRIC).
  • Officials do not provide periodic IT security awareness training to staff.

In addition, sensitive IT control weaknesses were communicated confidentially to district officials.

Key Recommendations

  • Regularly review user accounts and disable those that are unnecessary.
  • Ensure there is an adequate contract and separate SLA with SCRIC for IT services provided.
  • Provide periodic IT security awareness training to personnel who use IT resources.

District officials generally agreed with our recommendations and indicated they planned to initiate corrective action.

Background

The Binghamton City School District (District) serves the City of Binghamton and the Town of Fenton in Broome County.

The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education (Board) responsible for the general management and control of the District’s financial and education affairs. The Superintendent of Schools (Superintendent) is the chief executive officer responsible for the District’s administration. The District contracts with SCRIC to provide IT services, including network administration and the overall management of the District’s IT infrastructure.

Quick Facts
Network User accounts6,501
Number of desktops, laptops and devices8,362
Managed IT Service Cost$1.2 million

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 – May 31, 2019


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