SC lawmakers' agenda topped with cyber-security issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - On Tuesday, a new legislative session begins.{}Legislators say the 2013 agenda will involve hashing through last year's debacles.

On top of the agenda for both House and Senate is the cyber security breach. They say understanding how the database was hacked is essential to figuring out the next move to take.

"I just seems like protecting the most sensitive database in the state would be a no-brainer," Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) said at a recent meeting.

House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister (R-Greenville) said there needs to be preventative measures. Educating state workers on what to do when they suspect a computer threat is being discussed.

"When you get an e-mail from an unknown sender that says click here for a class reunion and you don't have one coming up, that's probably not a good idea," Bannister said.

Already $20 million has been spent in the security breach aftermath, including money for credit monitoring protection with Experian.

Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg) pointed out that government is promoting a service to residents that is already available for free.

Sen. Bryant said residents need to have life-long protection.

"This is going to be a lifetime issue for everyone who had their Social Security number hacked," he said. "The infant on a parent's tax return may live to be 90 years old. We have a 90-year problem."

Other topics on the agenda include avoiding last summer's ballot fiasco in which 250 names were wiped off the ballot prior to the primary election and early voting.