Texas Spends $1.8 Million on Data Breach As Lawsuits Loom
“The Texas state comptroller’s office has already spent $1.8 million to mitigate the yearlong data breach in which names and Social Security numbers were exposed. The total cost is expected to be even higher as the lawsuits start rolling in.
Personal information belonging to approximately 3.5 million people in Texas was accidentally exposed on a publicly accessible FTP server for a full year before it was detected, Texas comptroller Susan Combs disclosed on March 31. Since then, the comptroller’s office has spent $1.2 million to mail letters to those affected and $393,000 for a call center to handle calls from people looking for information and assistance. Another $290,000 went to Deloitte Consulting and Gartner for services related to assessing the damage and improving IT security in the comptroller’s office.”