Consultants: Cybersecurity set-up to cost $15M

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Cybersecurity consultants say South Carolina should spend $15 million next year to better secure residents' personal data.

That's the estimated cost for setting up a statewide information security division, training employees and taking steps to better protect data in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Mike Wyatt of Deloitte & Touche told the Budget and Control Board on Wednesday that the state's current decentralized approach to computer security makes it hard to protect sensitive data. The company's reorganization recommendations closely follow those by the state's inspector general. A bill passed by the Senate that included those recommendations centralizes policy standards while letting each agency's technology employees carry them out.

Deloitte expects set-up costs to be nearly $15 million, and recurring costs to be about $7 million yearly.

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