Thu., September 10, 2009 2:39pm (EDT)

Accounting Office Audit Reveals Security Flaws
By Noel Brown
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Officials with the Department of Audits and Accounts uncovered numerous security flaws in the computer systems of the State Accounting Office. These flaws could have allowed hackers to access privledged information about state employees.
Officials with the Department of Audits and Accounts uncovered numerous security flaws in the computer systems of the State Accounting Office. These flaws could have allowed hackers to access privledged information about state employees.
A report issued by the Department of Audits and Accounts says that the State Accounting Office’s information systems were severely under protected. According to the report, flaws in the system could have allowed hackers to gain full access to databases containing employee records and financial information.

The State Accounting Office maintains the PeopleSoft financial systems for 185 state agencies and universities. That software handles everything from payrolls to purchase orders for most of state government.

State auditors say no evidence of fraud or information theft was found but that they will continue to investigate.

Officials with the State Accounting Office say many of the security flaws have already been addressed.