Clifton Park – Town Supervisor Philip Barrett reacted strongly to a state audit report disclosing four problematic findings regarding Clifton Park’s information technology resources during 2019.
The state reported in its report that city employees visited websites the auditor deemed “suspicious,” while 14 former employees had access to email accounts long after leaving city employment, according to state comptroller Thomas Dinapoli’s office. said in a statement on Monday.
However, Barrett denied each claim, and countered that “boilerplate language” was used for “headline purposes” in the auditor’s investigation.
Dinapoli’s office said Clifton Park officials did not adequately protect IT resources, and despite paying the IT service provider more than $98,000 in 2019, officials did not define the provider’s responsibilities.
In addition, Dinapoli stated that Clifton Park officials had not established a comprehensive IT policy, nor monitored employee Internet use, nor did they manage and monitor user access to the city’s networks and computers. Extensive procedures were implemented.
Dinapoli said the 14 user accounts belonged to former Clifton Park employees who left the city a month to 15 years before the auditor’s review.
Finally, the state comptroller’s office stated that Clifton Park officials did not have a written contract with the city’s IT provider describing the specific services to be provided. Sensitive IT control vulnerabilities were reported confidentially to authorities, the audit read.
Barrett, thanking Dinapoli’s office, provided a copy of his written response to The Daily Gazette, yet disputed the accuracy of the audit.
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