SC Senate committee advances cyber-security bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Senate committee has advanced a measure that creates more oversight of public agency computer systems following the massive breach of the state's tax collection agency.

The bill that received unanimous approval Tuesday centralizes responsibility of cyber-security and helps residents exposed by last fall's hacking into tax filings.

It would put a chief of computer security in charge of a new technology division. It creates a new unit within Consumer Affairs to help victims of identity theft. It also creates two separate committees to craft a statewide plan and recommend changes to keep up with technology.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler asked why the bill creates so many new entities. Peeler said he hasn't "seen this much creation since Genesis."

The bill extends state-paid credit monitoring 10 years.

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