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Award-winning plan guards state's data
CDPHE rated one of Colorado's most secure agencies
Notes with passwords stuck on computer keyboardHackers have stolen more than 6 million electronic records in the U.S. already this year, prompting corporations to pump millions of dollars into protecting data. But the greatest cybersecurity risk is perhaps the most difficult to prevent: Fifty percent of breaches occur because someone on the inside doesn’t follow security protocols.

Colorado has earned accolades and awards for its battle against breaches. A 2015 Brookings Institution study showed Colorado is one of only two states, along with New Mexico, demonstrating a “solid and robust” understanding of the importance of integrating cybersecurity in its strategic IT plan. The Secure Colorado Strategic Plan developed by the Governor’s Office of Information Technology received awards from the National Association of State CIOs, the Center for Digital Government and CSO Magazine.
 
Meanwhile, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is earning strong security ratings in a strong state. The agency’s 2016 second-quarter cybersecurity risk score, 9.55, falls well below the state goal of 14.4. (A score of 0 indicates no risk.) ... more