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Report: SC Agencies Less Than Adequate in Cyber Security

3:11 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - An interim report prepared by South Carolina's inspector general finds many state agencies may be less than adequate in their cyber security, and calls for the creation of a state position to help the situation.

Patrick Maley released his report Tuesday morning. LINK: Read the Full Inspector General Report It was requested in the wake of the massive hacking that compromised millions of South Carolinians' Social Security numbers.

The review interviewed 18 agency chief information officers. Their opinion? Many agencies are less than adequate in their cyber security, and rated their agency "below average" in their information security capabilities.

The security officers felt there was a need for a statewide standard of policies. Further, the group also said cutbacks in state information technology departments and spiltting security duties among staff members is a problem with the current system.

Based on these findings, the report concludes the state should create a chief information security officer for South Carolina to develop a statewide program for better protection. Until that position can be created, it's suggested that an interim leader be found to lead on security issues until the legislature makes this new position.

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