October 30, 2017




SUNY Sullivan’s IT under scrutiny of state comptroller’s office

ALBANY – Over 100 user accounts that were no longer needed were not disabled or removed from the Sullivan County Community College information technology system, an audit by the state comptroller’s office found. The review covered the period of September 1, 2015 through February 27, 2017.

The audit also said the college board of trustees did not establish policies and procedures regarding breach notifications and disaster recovery plans. The report also said the server room equipment was not adequately protected.

Recommendations in the state report included creating, adopting and implementing written policies and procedures for the review and removal of inactive and unnecessary user accounts, breach notifications and disaster recovery testing and updating; and implementing environmental controls to mitigate the risk of damage to servers, or consider other options for the server room’s location that would provide a more appropriate environment.

In response to the report, College President Jay Quaintance said it “accurately describes conditions” of the college’s information technology. “The college agrees with the recommendations (and) will submit a separate corrective action plan,” he wrote.

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