SC legislators pledge to tackle cybersecurity

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators say they're willing to spend whatever it takes to prevent another massive security breach in state government.

House and Senate leaders of both parties say cybersecurity will be a top priority for the 2013 legislative session, as they delve into the hacking last September of millions of taxpayers' filings with the Department of Revenue.

Legislators acknowledged Thursday having no idea what needs to happen or what it will cost. But they pledged to find the money to better protect taxpayers' personal information.

Gov. Nikki Haley recommends in her 2013-14 executive budget spending more than $40 million on agencies' computer systems and security.

That includes $20.2 million to repay a loan the revenue agency received to cover contracts she signed after learning of the breach in October.

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