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Gov. Haley's executive order and letter to the SC inspector general to look for ways to improve cyber security in state agencies

Gov. Haley's executive order and letter to the SC inspector general to look for ways to improve cyber security in state agencies

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Gov. Haley's executive order and letter to the SC inspector general to look for ways to improve cyber security in state agencies
Gov. Haley's executive order and letter to the SC inspector general to look for ways to improve cyber security in state agencies

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Published by: The State Newspaper on Oct 26, 2012
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NIKKI R.
HALEY
GOVERNOR
October 26, 2012
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Honorable Patrick MaleyState Inspector General
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0 Centerview Drive, Suite 20 IColumbia, South Carolina 29210Dear Inspector General Maley,
1205 PENDLETON STREET
COLUMBIA 29201
On
behalf
of
the state agencies
of
South Carolina, I request your assistance in addressing aserious issue affecting state government information security.Throughout state government, our intormation technology (IT) policy for security procedures
and
protocols has been largely uncoordinated and outdated exposing
our
state to greater risks
of
internal and external cyber-attacks.I am committed to ensuring that state government minimize the risk
of
cyber-attacks and protectthe personal information
of
our citizens kept by state agencies. Accordingly, today, I signedExecutive Order 2012-10 directing the IT officers in my Cabinet agencies to take immediateaction to work with the Office
of
the State Inspector General to review and strengthen
IT
securityprocedures and protocols.Pursuant to your authority in Chapter 6
of
Title 1
of
the South Carolina Code
of
Laws, I ask thatyou make recommendations, on a comprehensive and holistic basis, to improve informationsecurity policies and procedures in our state agencies. I would appreciate your immediateattention to this matter. My
staffis
available to assist as needed.
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WHEREAS, the State's information technology (IT) policy for govemance
of
ITinitiatives throughout state government, including security procedures and protocols,
has
been largely uncoordinated and outdated exposing the State to greater risks
of
intemal and external cyber-attacks on IT infrastructure and records; andWHEREAS, state government's fragmented approach to IT security makesSouth Carolina vulnerable to serious cyber and information breaches and requiresimmediate action t6 minimize cyber-attacks and protect personal information
of
ourState's citizens; andWHEREAS, Section 1-6-30
of
the South Carolina Code
of
Laws authorizes theState Inspector General
to
"coordinate investigations" and "recommend policies andcarry out other activities designed to deter, detect, and eradicate fraud, waste, abuse,mismanagement
...
";
andWHEREAS, Section 1-6-20(E) states, "Upon request
of
the State InspectorGeneral for information or assistance, all agencies are directed to fully cooperate withand furnish the State Inspector General with all documents, reports, answers, records,accounts, papers, and other necessary data and documentary information to perform
the
mission
of
the State Inspector General[;)" andWHEREAS, the State Inspector General
is
authorized to recommend policies toaddress holistic mismanagement
of
state government's information security policies andprocedures and state agencies are required to fully cooperate with the State InspectorGeneral to perform his mission.NOW, THEREFORE, I hereby direct all cabinet agencies to immediatelydesignate an information technblogy officer to cooperate with the State InspectorGeneral
who is
authorized to make recommendations to improve information securitypolicies and procedures in state agencies, on a comprehensive and holistic basis,

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