auditor adam1FRANKFORT, Ky. (7/24/13) – Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday recommended the legislature pass a breach notification law, which would require government agencies in the Commonwealth to notify individuals if sensitive data about them has been compromised.

Auditor Edelen told the Interim Joint Committee on State Government that Kentucky is one of four states that lack such a law. Alabama, New Mexico and South Dakota are the other three.

“Kentucky ought not to be among the bottom four states for giving its citizens a base level of assurance that they will be notified if their personal data is breached,” Auditor Edelen said. This is common sense and it is the right thing to do.”

Auditor Edelen described a massive breach that occurred in South Carolina last fall in which hackers swiped financial data belonging to 6.4 million consumers and businesses from the S.C. Department of Revenue. The breach cost South Carolina at least $30 million.

South Carolina was required to notify victims, but that would not have been the case had it occurred in Kentucky, Auditor Edelen said. Notifications allow victims to take steps to protect their finances, such as enrolling in credit monitoring and applying for a credit freeze.

Kentucky has already experienced cyber security breaches, although not on the same scale. Eastern European hackers stole more than $400,000 from a Kentucky county payroll account and a state agency last year accidentally posted more than 100 current and former employees’ social security numbers on a publicly-accessible website for two days.

The Auditor’s office already conducts cyber audits for state and other agencies and performs vulnerability assessments to detect security weaknesses and risks. The office has eight full-time employees who dedicate their time to performing IT audits and releases its findings annually in a report.

But Auditor Edelen said more must be done.

He said his office will work with the state’s information technology agency to help it strengthen the state’s cyber security and will continue to address risks to state agencies.

Auditor Edelen acknowledged that it the issue is huge in scale and continues to evolve, but says there are steps policymakers can take to strengthen cyber security in the Commonwealth.

“There is a strong level of cooperation between my office and the legislature after we worked together to pass special district reform earlier this year,” Auditor Edelen said. “I hope we can carry that spirit of cooperation forward to protect the sensitive data of hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians."

SurfKY News
Information provided by the office of Adam H. Edelen

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Two Vehicle Collision Results in One Fatality

PADUCAH, Ky. (8/31/15) — According to a Kentucky State Police report, KSP responded on Aug. 30, 2015 at 3 p.m., to a… Read More

Smoke Fills Business, Upstairs Apartment on Center

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/30/15) ― Madisonville Fire Department responded to 34 W. Center St. just before 6 tonight, after… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 11586

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4789

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 3646

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 3568

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 2857

Man Charged with Theft, Meth, Marijuana Growing

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 17532

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11586

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 30, 2015 3646

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 3568

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 2066

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1445

Smoke Fills Business, Upstairs Apartment on Center

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1433

Commission Recommends Zoning Changes at Mahr…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1125

Fire at Gas Pump Prompts Firefighters Swift Action

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 1095

Bremen's Father's Country Hams Kentucky Grand…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1055

UofL Electrical Blast Treatment to Increase…

by SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 782

Dave Says - Aug. 30, 2015

by SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 761

Education Chief Reflects on Service

by KET