State without cyber-security officer for a year, official testifies

COLUMBIA — Greenville Online -The state has gone about a year without a cyber security officer, according to testimony today as the Senate opened hearings into the massive data breach at the Department of Revenue.

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DOR Director Jim Etter, who has resigned but will remain as director until the end of the year said the agency’s $100,000 salary can’t compete with a private sector salary.

Etter says when his agency looked at encrypting data in 2006 it was decided it would cost $5 million and be “cost ineffective.” He said the Dept. of State Information Technology — is now monitoring SCDOR 24/7, which makes system more secure.

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