Being director of computer networks is a little like being a guard. You can
sleep at your post for years and nothing will happen, but one day, the theif
There will be no one better than Mark to take over on an iterim base to get
these issues resolved. Things like this with this security breach should never
happen, but now we have the right man in place to get these problems fixed. Even
if it is on an interim basis through the end of the year, if a new Governor is
elected, and places his or her own people in his/her cabinet. Even though things
like this do happen, and mistakes made, it is what we do to fix them that really
define who we are.
I expect my bank to keep my information secure. If the State of Utah is going
to store confidential information on me I expect nothing less from them. Fire
those who can't do the job and hire those who can.
Having worked at the State for a number of years as a System Administrator I
know that the real problem was the lack of Server security policies, the lack of
enforcing those policies and the lack of auditing those policies. It can also be
attributed to a lack of manpower forced by budget loss. Not enough SAs to manage
the systems and work on securing the servers. The 5 man team I was on had
responsibility for several hundred servers, we had little to no training,
learning the processes on our own. We were constantly fighting fires. Management
would not believe there was a morale problem amongst the SAs nor do anything
about it. As far as I know, there was a complete turn over of the SAs supporting
the Health Department in the last 18 months! It doesn't surprise me there
wasn't enough expertise and/or management support to enforce security on
these critical systems.
It's a shame the DN reporter didn't ask the right questions:State agencies in Utah have considerable (too much) data independence as to
what they display and how--the CIO has limited influence and does not dictate
policy or even all aspects of implementation.These policy and
management errors come right from the governor's office and the health
department. Fletcher is a competent CIO (has been for many years) and his
dismissal is both a disgrace and a loss for Utah.
This Governor, once again, made the IT guy the subject of the Governor's
own failure. The Governor said this is a different world. This is the same
world he has been in for years. This type of problem, with data, didn't
just come to be a problem. The University of Utah had problems, the VA, has had
problems, Banks have problems, and so forth. The IT is not the only one
involved. The State Health Department is the one that controls that
information. The IT guy is only one part of the problem. The State Health
Department ensures their system is up to speed and administered correctly. Mr.
Fletcher, is sort of the $86,000 or $13 M indication of a problem. The Governor
is the problem. He is a politician and not a manager. He has been politicking
for this whole two years as his term in this two year period has been filled
with debacle after debacle. In two years he has had more problems than 10, 6 or
8 years of other Governors. Is this what we want in the next four-years? He is
not a adult Leader. Even Boy Scouts have adult leaders.
I thought Utah won an award for excellence in Government?
System security is part of your job. If you don't do your job, you get
Nomad--I was one of those on this mystery insurance list of individuals who
never should have been on it for Chip/M-caid/M-care in the first place. I have
called the Utah department of health several times, to no avail, trying to talk
with anyone who could give me a half-intelligent reason why I was even on this
list, and how I could get me name removed. This is just another example of
Government inebtness, inefficiency, and unaccountability for their blunders.
This fall guy is just the tip of the iceberg. As for the security issue, the
debarment of health care is open to the public on information and are not
allowed have high security programs. They are subject to GRAMMA laws and all
information they have is public records, even private information they have
stockpiled in their health department computers.The real and most
dangerous culprit of this breach is the states health care system that puts
privileged information in the hands of this department. The reason the health
care department has privileged information is because the health care department
is a budgeted department in the government which gives them the power to put all
Medicaid and Medicare funds they spend in the hands of the state "recovery
department" (bill collectors) to recover illegal state spending. They can
put liens and law suits on personal property of anyone receiving Medicare and
Medicaid benefits funding.In other words the state is not allowed to
pay or give citizens money from taxes so they have to recover it through this
complicated tax recovery system of a lend/lease health care system operating
with in the health department. Basic scam 101 style government.
I hope there are a LOT more firings to come; not just the token fall-guy at the
top!Heads (multiple) should roll!!!!
Its time to "fire" Herberet at the ballot box in November!How many incidents do we have to have before we vote in someone/anyone
else?13 million to LOSING bidders. Fire the employee who blows the
whistle. Refuse to pay their damages to her after she wins her case.DABC
mess.State troopers who can't be trusted to tell the truth?Refusing to even TRY to stem the tide of illegal immigrant trespassers?With our votes we CAN "hire" someone new. Utah citizens deserve
better leadership.I'm a devoted Republican, but I've come
to the conclusion that the Guv. doesn't know how to govern and the
Republican controlled legislature just "go along to get along".
Why is there 800,000 people in this data base who are not in medicade or
Now since this is a high paying job, hire someone with credentials and the
motivation to keep things private that should be.