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Georgia Officials Say State Breach Unlikely

Following South Carolina incident, more states cognizant

Monday, November 26, 2012
Georgia Officials Say State Breach UnlikelyThe massive tax data breach in South Carolina that exposed sensitive information for millions of consumers and small businesses left many state officials across the country wondering just how safe their systems were.

In the state of Georgia, though, officials say such a massive data breach hitting its servers is rather unlikely, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The state says it uses far more data encryption methods and other security controls than its northern neighbor, and as such is far less vulnerable to an attack.

"We do encrypt our data," Wes Knight, an information security officer for the Georgia Department of Revenue, told the newspaper. "We do have different controls in place to protect us from people outside the network trying to access our data."

Ondrej Krehel, chief information security officer for IDentity Theft 911, has a blog about the ways in which consumers can be affected by a massive data breach of this type, and what they can do to better protect their information in their everyday lives.

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