Almost seven weeks after a major data breach, the director of Utah’s Department of Technology Services has resigned and the governor has personally apologized to state residents for not adequately protecting their information.
“The people of Utah rightly believe that their government will protect them, their families and their personal data,” Gov. Gary Herbert said. “As a state government, we failed to honor that commitment. For that, as your governor and has a Utahn, I am deeply sorry.”
The March 30 breach affected about 780,000 Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries with 280,000 Social Security numbers compromised. Officials believe a hacking ring in Europe accessed the server and pulled the data.
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Herbert announced that technology director Stephen Fletcher had resigned and the appointment of Sheila Walsh-McDonald as Health Data Security Ombudsman, overseeing individual case management, credit counseling and public outreach services. The state also has contracted with Deloitte & Touche for a comprehensive security audit of information systems across all agencies, which is underway. Also ongoing is an assessment of the state’s response to victims. Among other issues, the state initially is offering only one year of paid credit monitoring services to those with compromised Social Security numbers.
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