Security breach bill passes the House

Mar 12 2013 - 10:19pm

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Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, says the 2012 breach led to upgrades of the state’s security system, including a better firewall.
Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, says the 2012 breach led to upgrades of the state’s security system, including a better firewall.

SALT LAKE CITY -- State lawmakers are taking action to prevent another breach of sensitive data following the inadvertent release of almost 800,000 names in 2012.

The House voted unanimously to approve legislation establishing guidelines for how information for Medicaid and CHIP recipients will be handled and also pushing the state to actively identify industry best standards in protecting electronic databases.

The measure, SB 20, now goes to the governor.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, said the 2012 breach led to upgrades of the state's security system, including a better firewall.

"We get millions of attempts to hack the state site every day. Those have all been addressed. I'm comfortable we're increasing that," Ray said.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden.

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