Gov. Nikki Haley issues an executive order in wake of SCDOR hacking case. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley held another press conference on Wednesday to announce an executive order in the wake of the Department of Revenue hacking investigation.
Haley said the executive order requires all Cabinet agencies to comply with the Department of State Information Technology (DSIT), requiring security monitoring 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The order also includes the state's purchase of equipment that will protect Cabinet agency files, shutting the computer down the moment someone tries to move files without permission, Haley said.
She said the costs would be paid for by the agencies' budgets, DSIT and through the use of Homeland Security monies from the State Law Enforcement Division. She said the around-the-clock monitoring would be by employees who could stop an intrusion the moment it occurs with the help of the new equipment.
Haley also held a press conference on Tuesday when she announced her Cabinet agency pick and answered questions regarding the state security breach.
"We have heard back and forth on why were things 'drip dripped,'" said Haley, referring to the information that's trickled out since the state revealed 3.8 million taxpayers had their social security numbers compromised after officials found a hacker had breached the Department of Revenue's computer network.
She said a formal report on the investigation could be released by the end of the week.
Haley, along with state leaders, announced on Oct. 26 that 3.6 million tax payers' social security numbers, tax information and credit card numbers were stolen when an international hacker breached the South Carolina Department of Revenue's system. Officials have increased that number to 3.8 million along with thousands of businesses' information.
A Greenville attorney has also filed a class-action lawsuit against Haley, SCDOR, Trustwave and DSIT in connection with a hacking case.
The state has set up a year of daily monitoring of the three credit bureaus and a lifetime of over-the-phone help on resolving identity theft after it happens. People are asked to visit protectmyid.com/scdor and enter code SCDOR123 or call 1-866-578-5422 to determine if their Social Security number was accessed.
Haley said that Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will offer free credit-monitoring service to any businesses affected by the hacking case. She said the businesses can sign up for the service at dandb.com/sc or by calling 800-279-9881.
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