Could State IT Security Legislation Be Coming Soon?

11:54 AM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Could state IT security legislation be coming soon? One South Carolina Senator says 'yes.'

A Senate Subcommittee, tasked with investigating the data breach at the South Carolina Department of Revenue, says new legislation to protect the IT security of state agency's could come as soon as the end of the month.

"Hopefully by mid-January we can have something out," said Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson).

The subcommittee met Thursday to hear from the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Ted Pitts. A common issue with the data breach at the SCDOR has been around the idea of auto-enrolling all residents into the credit monitoring program Experian.

"We are told that it is a violation of privacy," said Sen. Bryant. "I'm just not satisfied with the answer that we can't automatically enroll our citizens when an account is made in their name."

Bryant, who co-chairs the subcommittee, wants to see a statewide standard for IT security, setting up a system that holds each agency accountable.

"I feel confident we can figure out something to do and take the burden off the tax payer," said Sen. Bryant.

The subcommittee plans to meet again this week to discuss the data breach. A Governor's office spokesperson said Friday that there have been 1,010,407 enrollments for credit monitoring services. 

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