Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The state Department of Health and Environmental Control is looking to keep sensitive information at the agency safe.
Director Catherine Templeton told a senate finance committee the department need $1.5 million for the task.
DHEC says that money would go to things for hardware updates and replacements, enhancements to software system, and network and data security.
The agency says none of the money is expected to fund personnel.
Senators say they are still working to see how much security all state agencies could cost.
"We're really beginning to find out what we're going to have to do as far as protecting information that is required that is given to the state government. We have no concept at this point how much money we're looking at to make certain we're protected, but we've got to make sure we protect this information," said Abbeville County Sen. Billy O'Dell.
DHEC performs lab tests and screenings, provides homes healthcare in some areas among many other things that could leave them with sensitive information.