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SCDHEC Slammed For Security Costs



South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is catching flak for requesting $1.5 million in the upcoming state budget for cyber security enhancements.

The money was requested by SCDHEC director Catherine Templeton – who as far as we can tell has done a pretty good job cutting costs at her agency (not that taxpayers are ever going to see a dime of those savings).

Anyway, Templeton’s request has one agency watchdog bashing the agency for having to “buy their way out” of poor data protection.

“This is the true cost of ‘smaller government,'” the watchdog told FITS.

SCDHEC sources tell FITS the cyber security upgrades are intended to protect “nuclear schematics, vital records” and other important health information. They also say the initial estimate of the costs was $10 million.

Last November SCDHEC took down its website for more than a week in the wake of the massive hacking scandal which befell the administration of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.