COLUMBIA, SC — Senators asked to consider adding 2 oversight jobs
South Carolina could have two people overseeing agencies’ cybersecurity as part of an effort to centralize responsibility, the head of the state’s information technology division told senators Wednesday.
Statewide oversight of computer policies could be separated into two new positions. While a chief information security officer would be responsible for protecting data, a statewide privacy officer would define exactly what should be protected, Jim Earley of the Division of State Information Technology told senators.
He noted a national group of states’ chief IT officers recommends splitting the duties, in a report titled, “State governments at risk: a call for collaboration and compliance.”
Earley and state Inspector General Patrick Maley testified before a Senate panel that’s looking into the hacking of millions of taxpayers’ personal data. Data stolen in the nation’s largest hacking of a state agency includes unencrypted Social Security and bank account numbers.
Maley told senators the state’s current decentralized approach to computer security is a recipe for problems.
Neither Maley nor Earley advocated complete centralization, but rather centralizing responsibility of computer security and letting agencies handle operations. Each agency’s chief information officer could report to a new statewide cybersecurity chief.
That means someone is in charge to create guidance and set the rules, and agencies can decide how to tailor them for their own circumstances, Earley said. “Agencies know their operations best.”
Maley did not give any cost estimates for the transition, which would include paying consultants. He said his next report will focus on the cost and timeline of options.
“Whatever your investment on the front end, you get dividends down the road in productivity as well as reducing the risk of a catastrophic failure,” he said.
Delleney becomes new House Judiciary chairman
COLUMBIA, SC A 21-year incumbent of the S.C. House is taking the helm of the powerful Judiciary Committee.
The committee’s newly appointed members elected Rep. Greg Delleney as their chairman on Wednesday. The 60-year-old Chester Republican is the longest-serving incumbent on the committee. He had been chairman of Judiciary’s constitutional laws subcommittee.
Delleney takes over from former Rep. Jim Harrison, a Columbia Republican who did not seek re-election after 23 years in the House. Harrison had been Judiciary chairman since Republicans took control of the chamber in 1994.
Committees met to elect their leaders after House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, handed out committee appointments. Delleney’s election was the only change in committee leadership.
The legislative session starts Jan. 8.
The Associated Press