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Halifax Regional Police Information Technology Audit Report Released
In her report released today, Auditor General Evangeline Colman-Sadd said Halifax Regional Police is not effectively managing its information technology security risks. The IT security environment at HRP needs significant improvement, from how risks are identified to how they are ultimately managed.
The audit also found HRP provided inaccurate reporting to the Board of Police Commissioners on the status of its 2016-17 IT security consulting report.
The report includes 12 recommendations which HRP management agreed to implement. The report is available on the auditor general’s website at http://hrmauditorgeneral.ca/published-reports.
There is also a confidential report which was shared with HRP management, and in-camera with the Board of Police Commissioners and the HRM Audit and Finance Standing Committee.
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Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella’s statement on findings of information technology audit
Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella issued the following statement today:
“Today, the Halifax Regional Municipality Office of the Auditor General released its audit of Halifax Regional Police’s Information Technology systems. The purpose of the audit was to determine whether HRP effectively manages IT systems that support police operations. The audit, conducted between the period of February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020, found that HRP has not effectively managed risks to its information technology systems and assets.
“HRP takes the findings of the audit very seriously and has agreed to implement all recommendations put forth by the auditor. Using a project management approach, HRP will focus immediately on the highest risk categories, and is committed to actioning all recommendations. We thank the auditors for their diligence and engagement, and for their focus on bringing important matters to the attention of HRP management.”