Florida security office wins 'best of breed' award

Florida security office wins 'best of breed' award

Since Sept. 11, many states have been scrambling to secure their information systems. Florida took action more than a year earlier by establishing an Office of Information Security within the State Technology Office to protect systems from cyberattacks and boost statewide IT security.

The Florida office last week won the 'best of breed' award for enterprisewide information security from the Center for Digital Government, a research organization in Folsom, Calif. The award was based on a survey of more than 1,500 programs in social services, law enforcement and the courts.

Florida was one of four states recognized for law enforcement systems excellence. The other three were Arizona and Colorado, which won honors for criminal justice information systems, and North Carolina for its mobile data network.

The Florida Office of Information Security sends out alerts and software patches to state agencies whenever a computer virus is on the loose, such as Code Red or Nimda. Working with TruSecure Corp. of Herndon, Va., the office also conducts third-party security audits of all state agencies.

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