State technology chief ousted over health data breach

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 16, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    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 will come.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    May 16, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    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.

  • woodworx West Valley, UT
    May 16, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    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.

  • CIO Williamsburg, VA
    May 16, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    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.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 16, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    May 16, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    I thought Utah won an award for excellence in Government?

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2012 6:49 a.m.

    System security is part of your job. If you don't do your job, you get fired.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    May 16, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    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.

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    May 16, 2012 4:24 a.m.

    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.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    May 15, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    I hope there are a LOT more firings to come; not just the token fall-guy at the top!

    Heads (multiple) should roll!!!!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    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".

  • NoMad Grantsville, UT
    May 15, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Why is there 800,000 people in this data base who are not in medicade or medicare?.....

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    May 15, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Now since this is a high paying job, hire someone with credentials and the motivation to keep things private that should be.