The Justice Department says more than 50 states have “zero tolerance” for IT crimes, citing a new report.
The Justice Department released a study Wednesday that says states have a “zero-tolerance” approach to data theft and cyber crime.
The DOJ said that states have no minimum security standards for their IT systems.
“These states have zero tolerance for data theft, data compromise, and cybercrime,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Goldwater said in a statement.
“And they have no interest in taking on the risks of cybercrime, including malware, malware that targets our critical infrastructure, and the threat posed by the proliferation of malware that can steal personal and financial information.”
This is not a debate over data, this is a debate about the future of our democracy,” he added.
The report, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said that most states have some form of data retention, including those with a federal data breach notification system, and a requirement that state officials maintain a minimum level of data security.
However, it said some states lack any data security standards, or are not even tracking them.
The DOJ report was released after the House Intelligence Committee requested information on how states enforce data retention laws.
In the House report, lawmakers noted that there are currently five states that have no data retention law, and six that do not enforce their laws at all.