DRS: State Tax Department Launches Major Data Security & Disaster Recovery Initiative

State Tax Department Launches Major Data Security & Disaster Recovery Initiative

For Immediate Release:
Friday, April 25, 2014

 

Hartford - The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) today announced the launch of a major internal review of tax data security and disaster recovery.

 

Said DRS Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan, “This is an area where we can never be too proactive, preventive or protective. Confidentiality and security of taxpayer information is the bedrock of taxpayer confidence and compliance. That includes doing even better to assure that DRS stays ahead of the curve in preventing the loss, theft, or other exposure of tax record information and that we are ready to recover quickly from any disaster so that taxpayer services remain available.”

 

Following a recently completed on-site review, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) staff noted that DRS already “exhibits a strong dedication to safeguarding federal tax information and these efforts place your agency amongst the very best.”

 

Commissioner Sullivan characterized the DRS initiative as “preventive maintenance” and added that, “Like any enterprise, we look for ways to make improvements every day. The recent federal review and the pending external review by the state auditors are helping us see areas where we and the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) that supports our information systems can do even better and be even more strategic in terms of security.”

 

In addition to a major update of the agency’s disaster recovery plan, the DRS security review will include:

  • Strengthening authentication controls for users to gain authorized access to systems that store and process tax data.
  • Enhancing user activity logging and auditing to better detect and prevent unauthorized access.
  • Improving processes to ensure appropriate staff access to only data required for specific job performance.
  • Developing “defense in depth” security controls that provide multiple layers of protection and detection for physical and on-line data storage and use.
  • Immediate improvements in the agency’s primary tax administration and information systems as well as a longer range plan to update and better integrate tax data management, access, use and security.” 

Said Commissioner Sullivan, “We live in a world where internal and external threats to data security get more sophisticated every day.  At DRS, we are committed to working harder, faster, and smarter to protect our taxpayers.”

 

For more information about Connecticut taxes, visit the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS.

Media calls should be directed to the communications office at (860)297-5610 or emailed to sarah.kaufman@po.state.ct.us.

 

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