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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- State leaders are still working to address how to best secure your personal information, and a report of recommendations could cost nearly $15 million.

The Budget and Control Board received a report on how South Carolina's doing and what steps to take next.

They also took steps to extend protection beyond the year of monitoring provided by Experian right after the hacking.

Governor Nikki Haley says the hacking that impacted nearly 4 million South Carolinians required quick action.

The state partnered with Experian for a year in, and now state leaders are looking at how to protect people going forward.

"Our goal is not only make sure that we protect from monitoring, but resolution if they have a problem, then also making sure that we work with the banks. They've all been flagged so that they know what to look for and that private public-partnership that we've done so far will continue," said Haley.

The budget and control board will request proposals from companies on how they can best serve those needs.

"We're also gonna go and have the RFPs so that we can get a new monitoring service so that people don't feel interrupted in terms of their credit protection," said Haley.

They board also received a report from an outside group on how the state is doing when it comes to information security and what should happen in the future.

"They're saying, okay, look at every agency and look at the infrastructure. It's old. Look at whether the employees have training. They need continuous training going forward so not it's saying how do we go forward and fine tune it," said Haley.

"What we found out today, though, was that we probably have to beef up the organization just a little bit to provide more effective security," said South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom.

For Haley, that amounts to another reason to pass the Department of Administration legislation that could restructure government in South Carolina.

"If we had every IT service under one umbrella it would make things so much easier," she said.

If fully funded, that nearly $15 million dollars could address recommendations from the group, but they also suggested an estimated $7.3 million for recurring costs in the future.

Still, Haley says and taking the right steps now, could leave South Carolina in a better position later.

"What you're gonna see and what they said today is we're gonna go to being one of the strongest leaders in the county when on IT security protection," said Haley.

She says the firm will now take a more intense look at the security at about fifteen state agencies.

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