Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says she needs all state agencies to take a good look at how they're handling information security.
"My hope is that going forward, we do more than enough to make sure that the citizens of this state are protected," she said.
Haley told her agency directors during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday they need to make sure they have good employees in information technology and security areas. Haley told directors to "get rid of them" if they're not confident in the people handling that information.
About 6.4 million taxpayers and businesses had Social Security and bank account numbers stolen in the hacking of computers at South Carolina's Department of Revenue last year.
Haley also told the agencies security should regularly be a focus of discussion among employees of all levels.
She said each department's security office should report to the director.
Haley also told the agencies to discontinue the computer function that allows e-mail addresses to be automatically completed.
The practice has already been adopted at the Department of Revenue after instances of employees sending messages to the wrong person.
Revenue director Bill Blume said during a presentation Tuesday that his agency is now much more focused on security and relies on multiple layers to keep the department's information safe.
"Make them be owners of that data we need to protect, as well as their supervisors, the DOR director, and all of management. It's really an association they should make with their own responsibility, and it really should be weaved into the fabric of how they work," said Blume.
Jimmy Early, with the Division of Information and Technology says they see at least 30 security issues a week and most comes from employees.
"The most common attack vector today is hackers trying to get into networks through social engineering, through attempts to compromise employees desktops, either through an email, clicking on a link or visiting a site that really shouldn't be visited," said Early.
Haley says she hopes departments outside her cabinet will also adopt the directives. She says her office will follow-up with her agencies on the implementation of her requests.