A state audit has revealed that the Hernando County, Fla., School District’s information technology network needs beefier security protocols, reports the Hernando Today. The computer privileges of fired workers must be revoked in a timelier manner, and the district must create a more detailed log of cell-phone use: These are among the findings of the state’s annual operational audit of the Hernando County School District for the 2007-08 fiscal year that ended in June. The Florida Auditor General’s office completed the review and outlined 10 areas of concern that need improvement. The district has already addressed some of the issues and is working to fix the others, Superintendent Wayne Alexander said in a letter to the auditor general’s office responding to the findings. Some information technology staffers have too much access and control to district software applications, auditors wrote. Computer help-desk workers also had unnecessary power to update information on behalf of users who call for assistance. A review of 10 terminated staffers found that network access privileges weren’t revoked until as many as 78 days after the worker was fired, according to the audit. "Prompt action is necessary to ensure that a former employee does not retain information technology access privileges that would allow misappropriation or abuse of District assets," auditors wrote, adding that district staffers assured them that protocols were put in place back in August. The district also needs to have a procedure in place to provide the Internal Revenue Service with the value of cell phone services provided to each employee. The district had 228 cell phones last fiscal year that added up to a bill of more than $115,000. While staffers checked to make sure the phones were only being used for business, the district also needs to provide documentation to the IRS, typically in the form of notated cell phone bills, auditors wrote…

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