SC panel tweaks bill on improving cyber-security

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Senate panel has decided not to create a whole new agency for the state's cyber-security officer.

The subcommittee amended Thursday a bill meant to centralize oversight of state computer systems and prevent another massive breach of taxpayers' information. It will next meet Tuesday.

Rather than create a Cabinet-level agency, the revised bill puts a chief of computer security in charge of a new division, on the same level as the head of state information technology.

The change follows recommendations from a national group of state computer chiefs.

The measure still creates a new unit within Consumer Affairs to help victims of identity theft. It would also create two separate committees to craft a statewide technology plan and recommend changes in the law to keep up with technology.

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