The state of Idaho gets 600 million emails a year, Greg Zickau, chief technology officer for the state Department of Administration, told JFAC this morning. “Five hundred and fifty million of those are spam,” he said. And within those spam emails are threats - malware that threatens the state’s computer network. “We are actually under attack each and every day,” he told lawmakers. “While we are standing here, someone has scanned our network, looking for vulnerability.” There are about 4,000 such attacks a day, he said. That’s part of the reason Admin is looking for funding for big upgrades for computer systems statewide, he said, though he acknowledged the tight budget situation. “I know that these are tough economic times,” Zickau said. “We’re not trying to say that our needs or our initiatives are more important” than anyone else’s, he said. Among the department’s requests is nearly $3 million for the Idaho Education Network, to expand broadband service to schools across the state and more.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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