"My Hugo" -- Haley compares response to hacking case to storm response

Governor Nikki Haley
Governor Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed an executive order to allow 24/7 monitoring of all computer systems within state government in order to avoid another hack that could compromise the identities of millions of South Carolinians.

The first is the executive order requiring all of her cabinet agencies to collaborate computer monitoring through the Department of State Information Technology.

The other action taken was to purchase a device called "The Hand".  The Hand will cover all Cabinet agencies and can stop a potential hacker from getting files from the state's computers.

The Hand is already in place at the Department of Revenue and was moved in shortly after the breach. It works in real time to detect viruses or downloads.

In October, Haley announced that the Social Security numbers of more than 3.6 million South Carolinians were exposed and stolen by an international hacker.

Haley says her hopes in the coming months are to create enough layers of computer defense in order to stop any potential hackers in their tracks.

The governor also compared the response to the hacker attack to the response given by the state in the days following 1989's Hurricane Hugo.

"If you think back to Hugo, it wasn't until Hugo that we brought in an EMD and emergency situations on how to deal with it. This is my way of dealing with my Hugo. Once it happens, it's an eye-opener that this could happen, but our job is what are you going to do to make sure that my successor has more involved than I did," said Haley.

Gov. Haley was also quick to point out there's no silver bullet, to fighting hackers, but feels her actions certainly make sensitive state data more secure.

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