A report by the state Auditor of Public Accounts says the school's information technology structure lacks risk management and contingency plans. There also is inadequate management of the firewall that protects the instructional and student networks.
This is the second year the boarding school for students with disabilities has received a harsh audit as it struggles to meet state agency standards.
The report, released this month, criticizes the school's disregard for the state's technology requirements and policies in its haste to put in new computers before the 2012 school year. Because of the high cost of renting equipment, Armstrong worked for years to get the academic operations of the school out from under the control of the
Other schools and colleges don't have to use VITA, but because VSDB is a state agency, it must. In 2009, it became independent of the
Due to high costs -
The audit was also critical of the security structure the school put into place when it purchased outside computers.
The school "continues to operate this structure without information technology risk management and contingency plans and without an information security program," the audit said.
Armstrong acknowledged the school's technology security weaknesses.
The new audit, as well as the previous one, found that the school lacks control over construction progress and spending.
Armstrong responded that the construction account was corrected as soon as the issue was brought to light, and the school has since taken steps to keep track of future projects.
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