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At a glance: risk levels of state computer systems

February 25, 2014

Initial cybersecurity risk assessments of state systems linking to federal computers to help enroll people for coverage under the new health care law found widespread risks. These assessments by the federal Health and Human Services department were provided by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Obama administration says they represent “outdated” snapshots and that security issues were either resolved or are being addressed. States need approval to connect to federal computer systems. States with high-risk issues can be approved if they are tackling the problems.

The potential impact of security flaws is rated high if a breach could have a severe or catastrophic impact on organizational operations, organizational assets, or individuals; moderate if the consequences would be serious, and low if the adverse effects would be limited. No information was provided for Delaware and New Jersey.

StateDate of AssessmentRisk Level
Alabama9/25/2013High
Alaska9/24/2013High
Arizona*9/20/2013High
Arkansas9/29/2013Moderate
California9/25/2013Moderate
Colorado (Medicaid)9/29/2013High
Colorado (Exchange)9/29/2013High
Connecticut9/16/2013High
DC9/26/2013High
Florida9/29/2013High
Georgia1/29/2014High
Hawaii9/28/2013High
Idaho9/24/2013High
Illinois9/28/2013High
Indiana9/29/2013High
Iowa9/24/2013High
Kansas12/26/2013High
Kentucky9/13/2013Approval recommended
Louisiana9/29/2013High
Maine10/3/2013High
Maryland9/24/2013Moderate
Massachusetts9/24/2013Moderate
Michigan9/26/2013Moderate
Minnesota9/28/2013High
Mississippi9/27/2013Moderate
Missouri10/8/2013High
Montana9/27/2013Moderate
Nebraska9/29/2013High
Nevada9/24/2013High
New Hampshire9/24/2013High
New Mexico9/29/2013High
New York9/20/2013Approval recommended
North Carolina9/29/2013High
North Dakota12/16/2013High
Ohio9/29/2013Moderate
Oklahoma10/15/2013Moderate
Oregon9/27/2013High
Pennsylvania9/28/2013High
Rhode Island9/20/2013High
South Carolina9/24/2013High
South Dakota9/29/2013High
Tennessee11/8/2013High
Texas10/3/2013High
Utah1/29/2014Low
Vermont9/20/2014Approval recommended
Virginia9/29/2014High
Washington9/20/2014Approval recommended
West Virginia10/3/2013High
Wisconsin9/29/2013High
Wyoming9/29/2013High

(asterisk)Approval was recommended for Arizona because the state had a mitigation plan.

Source: U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

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