Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says it’s time for “Securing the State.” State government websites and computer systems are in need of upgrades, the Pioneer Press reported earlier this month, as the governor laid out a budget plan calling for $46 million in one-time funding to boost cyber security at state agencies.
When it comes to spending some of the projected budget surplus — ultimately to protect personal data on millions of Minnesotans in the hands of the state — the initiative belongs in the “need” column, rather than among mere “nice-to-haves.”
The threats are real and costly, explains Chris Buse, chief information security officer at MN.IT Services, the information technology agency for the state’s executive branch. “We’re working to beef up our systems, to beef up our cyber security capabilities” to help make sure threats don’t materialize. The agency, he said, supports 78 state government entities, each of which has data that