Columbia, SC (WLTX) - State Law Enforcement Division agents are investigating after an employee at a state agency made an unauthorized download of personal data.
The download took place at the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce on December 18th.
According to SCDEW officials, a human resources employee downloaded the data to a personal, unencrypted media device, a violation of agency policy. The data contained personal information on 4,658 current and former employees of SCDEW, including personal financial account information, payroll information, beneficiary records, names & addresses, and possibly date of birth or social security numbers.
No information on people who get SCDEW services was taken.
Security software detected the download when it happened, and on December 19th, SLED opened their investigation.
SCDEW officials say the employee was put on investigatory suspension when the breach was detected, and was fired Tuesday.
Agents have recovered what could be the storage device.
SCDEW has begun notifying people affected whose information could have been compromised.
"This is exactly what should have happened," said SCDEW Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton in a statement. "Our security measures detected these downloads and DEW promptly began a full investigation. We don't know that the information has been further compromised, but out of an abundance of caution we are notifying those employees and individuals impacted so they can take necessary measures to protect themselves, including signing up for the state's free credit monitoring," said Cheryl M. Stanton, Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
"We worked with SLED for the last month to the fullest extent possible on the investigation to make sure we had the most accurate information to give employees, including reviewing each and every file to identify each individual impacted."