Published Sept. 24, 2013
The state Budget and Control Board is awarding an $8.5 million contract to a Texas company to provide ID protection for S.C. businesses and residents affected by last October’s data breach of state computers.
The board’s director, Marcia Adams, said that after a competitive bid process, CSIdentity Corp. of Austin, Texas, has been awarded a contract to provide an additional year of free credit protection for eligible individuals.
Absent any protest, the contract becomes effective Oct. 4.
Individuals and businesses whose information was potentially compromised in the security breach at the Department of Revenue will be able to enroll in the credit protection and identity monitoring services provided by CSIdentity on Oct. 24. More details on the enrollment process will be provided by the Revenue Department and the company in the upcoming weeks.
The state is switching companies because its contract with Experian to provide free ID theft monitoring for South Carolinians is expiring.
Those who enrolled with Experian under the free program will have to sign up with CSIdentity to receive the new service.
“We encourage all eligible individuals to continue to protect their personal identifying information by enrolling with CSID,” said Bill Blume, director of the state Revenue Department. “In a world where technology is ever-evolving, CSID offers more than credit protection services by providing the added protection of identity theft monitoring and credit restoration to best protect the citizens of South Carolina."
Credit and identity theft protection will be available for those eligible, including minor dependents, adult dependents, and those with no credit history. Protection for eligible businesses will also be available.
On Oct. 29, state officials announced that a hacker, who law enforcement authorities said was based in Russia, stole 74.7 gigabytes of data containing information on individual and business tax returns that had been filed electronically since 1998.
That data includes Social Security and business ID numbers, bank accounts and credit cards listed on tax returns. The latest report shows that information was stolen from 3.8 million individual taxpayers, 1.9 million dependents and 700,000 businesses.