Gov. Nikki Haley wants her Cabinet to toughen up their internet security measures as the administration’s response to a massive hacking continues.
Its been about months since a remote hacker entered the state tax agency’s computers and stole sensitive information from millions of taxpayers and businesses. Gov. Nikki Haley says the improvements in Department of Revenue security have been “night and day” from previous standards, but she wants to see more.
“We’re making sure that now, security is first,” Haley said. “We are making sure that their IT officer and their security officers are two separate people. So we are doing things within the agencies to make sure we are taking it another step further.”
In her cabinet meeting Tuesday, Haley coached her appointees “If you don’t have top of the line, key IT and security people, get rid of them.”
Haley says that outside of her Cabinet, she hopes that other agencies are complying. “I know that they are working with the state Division of Information Technology, ” she told media after the meeting.
Security changes have ruffled a few feathers at local agencies. Recently the clerks of court could not easily access information from the Department of Revenue.
“We said no, no more outside people getting into the DOR site,” said Haley. “This is exactly what got us into that situation was the act of convenience and we are not going to work off of convenience anymore. Now it’s going to be about protecting the citizens of the state.”
Haley’s opponent in the upcoming governor’s race has gone after her on the data breach, saying the taxpayers were warned too late and have been kept in the dark about the details.
Haley says she doesn’t think the voters are holding her responsible for the breach:
“I think they want to know what’s being done… it was my responsibility to say ‘what has not been done and what can be done and how can we improve it going forward.’ And my hope is that going forward we do more than enough.”
“A year from now you are going to see a whole new state when it comes to security,” said Haley.