Minnesota IT Services Unveils 5-Year Cybersecurity State Plan

April 13, 2018 06:07 PM

Minnesota IT Services unveiled a plan to defend the state from cyber attacks Friday. 

Gov. Dayton's budget includes $19.7 million for security. The next step will be for Minnesota IT and Dayton to win over Republicans. 


RELATED: MNLARS Call Center Funding Criticized 

Minnesota IT Services was in charge of the failed rollout of the state licensing and registration system last summer. This week they were at the Capitol defending spending to remodel offices, while also asking for more money to fix MNLARS. 

On Friday, MN-IT commissioner Johanna Clyborne unveiled a five-year plan to protect IT Systems at 1,300 locations in Minnesota. 

Clyborne says MN-IT does many things every day that work well, and nobody hears about it. She says that's just the way it is when you work on it. 

"But we have to acknowledge that yes, there are problems with MNLARS and other systems, but as a whole, MN information technology services delivers the services that the state on Minnesota and the public needs," she said. "The problem is we never see the good stories, right? Because the way IT works is very simple; if it goes well you will never hear about it."

Republicans remain skeptical. They approved money the governor requested last year for cyber security, but they say he changed his mind on how he wanted the money spent. 

"Well, if he said last year it was a priority and at the end of the day he didn't do it," Rep. Sarah Anderson said. " When he said in December it was a priority and they spent the money on office furnishings, at some point you start to say I don't know if I really believe this is truly a priority for you."

Republicans are trying to work a bill through the state legislature that would take money from each state agency to pay for cyber security. 

RELATED: State IT Dept's Spending Raises Lawmaker Eyebrows in Light of MNLARS Issues


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