Some SC agencies still haven't upgrade cyber security

by: Greg Suskin Updated:

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina lawmakers said after the massive breach at the Department of Revenue, the agency has taken measures to prevent an attack again. However, other government agencies have not.

The agencies are not working together, but separately, so each agency is at a different place when it comes to its preparedness.

Channel 9 spoke to Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill, who was in the committee, and heard the report Tuesday.

He said even though all state agencies have been given money to try to prevent future attacks, they don’t have to use the money for that purpose. The problem could be a matter of motivation.

"Trying to motivate your people when they have limited budgets, they've got all sorts of issues facing them. Trying to give this the priority that it needs is always a struggle,” Hayes said.

Channel 9 asked Hayes what more the Legislature could do to spur the agencies to make changes. He said they could introduce a bill to require them to upgrade their cyber security, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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