COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley told her Cabinet members Tuesday to get even tougher on computer security at their agencies.
It's been 10 months since she revealed a hacker stole Social Security and bank account numbers from more than six million taxpayers and businesses – information stored in computer files at the state Department of Revenue.
Haley told her agency directors they need to make sure they have good employees in information technology and security areas, and if they're not confident in those handling that information, “get rid of them.”
“We're making sure that now security is first,” the governor said. “At the beginning of every meeting that they have, they need to have the security issues. They need to talk about the vulnerabilities of anything within that meeting.
“We're also changing the way they can access e-mail addresses. We're making sure that their IT officers and their security officers are two separate people and can counteract. So we're doing things within the agencies to make sure that we're just taking it another step further.”
DOR chief Bill Blume says at his agency, employees have spent 4,000 hours on security education from February to July.
They also must pass tests and are suspended for going to unsafe web sites.