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Daily Dashboard | Utah improves data protection in wake of 2012 breach Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Feb. 14, 2020


Seven years following a personal data breach of 800,000 people, Utah is showing it has learned from its mistakes and has put great emphasis on data protection, StateScoop reports. Takeaways from the 2012 data breach, along with its $10 million price tag, prompted Utah to invest in cybersecurity measures, like the network-monitoring platform Forescout and the improvement of information technology–approving processes. Utah Chief Information Officer Mike Hussey is happy with how far the state's cybersecurity has come but said the 2012 breach could have been handled differently, especially with communications regarding the breach. “We probably went to the press a little early,” Hussey said. “I don’t think we had all the information. We saw data going to Romania and feared the worst. In fact, the hackers didn’t know which box they compromised.”
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