ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for $74 million for cyber security.
Experts say Minnesota’s internet technology services are highly vulnerable to cyber attack. In fact, some of the state’s computer systems are so old, they pre-date the cell phone and laptop.READ MORE: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
The sate’s computers have the private data of 5.5 million Minnesotans and connects every city and county in the state. Administration officials say a major cyber attack could jeopardize public safety and cause significant disruption.READ MORE: Woman Critically Injured In Minneapolis Shooting
“We can’t be wrong once,” Minnesota IT Commissioner Thomas Baden said. “Thirty-five thousand users. All the cities, all the state, 35 end points. We can’t be wrong once.”MORE NEWS: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
State IT officials say some of the computers are so old, when they break down, retired IT workers have to come in to repair them because the younger experts have no experience using the outdated technology.