Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The state revenue department announced Monday it intends to award a contract for credit monitoring and ID theft protection to CSID of Austin, Tx.
The credit monitoring and ID theft protection would be available to anyone who was impacted by the 2012 hack at the SCDOR regardless of if they signed up for the initial offering of protection provided by Experian. It would be the 2nd year of protection paid for by state government.
"As an agency, the Department of Revenue has taken precautions to ensure the data entrusted to us is processed in a safe and secure environment," said DOR Director Bill Blume. "We encourage all eligible individuals to continue to protect their personal identifying information by enrolling with CSID."
The state will pay CSID per person who enrolls but will not pay any more than $8.5 million under the proposed agreement. The cost is under the $10 million allotted by the General Assembly.
CSID will monitor credit agency TransUnion daily in addition to providing ID theft protection services by monitoring court and crime records, social security numbers, change of address records, and the online black market.
The company will provide $1 million for anyone whose identity is stolen and are enrolled with CSID. It will also offer full service identity restoration to anyone impacted by the hack regardless of if they are registered with CSID or not.
The DOR estimates South Carolinians who want to enroll can begin by phone or online starting October 24.