SC agencies reviewing security after ID theft case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley has asked the state inspector general to review all agencies’ security systems following the theft of personal information of more than 228,000 Medicaid patients.

State agency directors gave a rundown of their security procedures during Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

While there are many safeguards in place from hacking, Inspector General Jim Martin says internal threats are significant. Earlier this month, a former employee of the Department of Health and Human Services was arrested for compiling the personal data and sending it to his private email account.

Agency director Tony Keck says notification letters to affected Medicaid patients were mailed last week.

Haley says in the future, a thief’s supervisor should automatically be fired for not being responsible. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom says that should depend on the situation.

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