Columbia, SC – February 7, 2013 – South Carolinians will have their data protected as never before under a new bill introduced yesterday by Senators Kevin Bryant and Billy O’Dell.

In light of the recent Department of Revenue Cyber Security Breach, a special Senate committee was formed, headed up by Senators Bryant and O’Dell. The two have been working tirelessly to create solutions that would prevent a cyber hacking from ever happening again.

The bill, S.334, would authorize the extension of identity theft protection and fraud resolution services, for victims, to up to 10 years. It would also create an Identity Theft Unit within the Department of Consumer Affairs, as well as create a Department of Information Security. The Identity Theft Unit would be responsible for educating the public about identity theft and fraud and provide fraud resolution services to victims, while the Department of Information Security would develop statewide policies, standards, programs, and services related to cyber security.

“This bill is a starting point for us,” said Senator Bryant. “Achieving the level of cyber security the people of this state deserve is a work in progress, and Senator O’Dell and I will not give up until we reach that level.”

Both Senators Bryant and O’Dell have no intention of slowing down until they reach their goal for cyber security in South Carolina. If passed, this bill will bring the state one step closer in its efforts to prevent another cyber security breach from occurring in the future.


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