Glance: Risk Levels of State Computer Systems

Created: 02/26/2014 7:59 AM
By: Jennie Olson

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The Obama administration says they represent "outdated" snapshots and that security issues were either resolved or are being addressed.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.
    State    Date of Assessment    Risk Level
    Alabama    9/25/2013    High
    Alaska    9/24/2013    High
    Arizona*    9/20/2013    High
    Arkansas    9/29/2013    Moderate
    California    9/25/2013    Moderate
    Colorado (Medicaid)    9/29/2013    High
    Colorado (Exchange)    9/29/2013    High
    Connecticut    9/16/2013    High
    DC    9/26/2013    High
    Florida    9/29/2013    High
    Georgia    1/29/2014    High
    Hawaii    9/28/2013    High
    Idaho    9/24/2013    High
    Illinois    9/28/2013    High
    Indiana    9/29/2013    High
    Iowa    9/24/2013    High
    Kansas    12/26/2013    High
    Kentucky    9/13/2013    Approval recommended
    Louisiana    9/29/2013    High
    Maine    10/3/2013    High
    Maryland    9/24/2013    Moderate
    Massachusetts    9/24/2013    Moderate
    Michigan    9/26/2013    Moderate
    Minnesota    9/28/2013    High
    Mississippi    9/27/2013    Moderate
    Missouri    10/8/2013    High
    Montana    9/27/2013    Moderate
    Nebraska    9/29/2013    High
    Nevada    9/24/2013    High
    New Hampshire    9/24/2013    High
    New Mexico    9/29/2013    High
    New York    9/20/2013    Approval recommended
    North Carolina    9/29/2013    High
    North Dakota    12/16/2013    High
    Ohio    9/29/2013    Moderate
    Oklahoma    10/15/2013    Moderate
    Oregon    9/27/2013    High
    Pennsylvania    9/28/2013    High
    Rhode Island    9/20/2013    High
    South Carolina    9/24/2013    High
    South Dakota    9/29/2013    High
    Tennessee    11/8/2013    High
    Texas    10/3/2013    High
    Utah    1/29/2014    Low
    Vermont    9/20/2014    Approval recommended
    Virginia    9/29/2014    High
    Washington    9/20/2014    Approval recommended
    West Virginia    10/3/2013    High
    Wisconsin    9/29/2013    High
    Wyoming    9/29/2013    High
(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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