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Cyber security audit launched at Orchard Farm schools, part of state safety check

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The final audit has begun in a series of cyber security checks of five of Missouri's K-12 school districts.

Orchard Farm in St. Charles County is the fifth school district getting this type of review.It began this week, so there is no information yet on any findings or issues.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway says the purpose of the audits is to make sure the personal information of school kids remains safe.

"We are looking at how school districts detect a cyber security breach and then the planned response once one happens," she said, "how students' personal information is protected, and then what kind of training happens with students, faculty and staff."

The other four school districts selected for cyber security audits are Boonville, Waynesville, Cape Girardeau and Park Hill in Platte County near Kansas City.

"Park Hill ... did have a cyber security breach back in 2014 that impacted about 10,000 faculty, staff and students," Galloway said. "This is not an issue that is abstract; this is concrete, and these are things that are happening in our state."

Park Hill's cyber security audit is still ongoing, as is the one in Cape Girardeau.

Audit results for Boonville and Waynesville school districts were released in March and May, respectively. Galloway said they showed a need to improve incidence response and planning, increase security training, and better monitoring of tech venders.

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Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.