Post-hack credit monitoring services extended for SC residents

South Carolinians will be offered another year of free credit protection in the wake of last October's computer hacking incident that compromised the personal information of millions of taxpayers.

After the hack, the state contracted with Experian for a free year of credit monitoring, but the company declined to work with the state for a one-year extension.

Monday, Budget and Control Board Director Marcia Adams announced that CSIdentity Corporation (CSID) won the competitive bid process and has been awarded a contract to provide an additional year of free credit protection for eligible individuals.

Individuals whose information was potentially compromised in the Department of Revenue (DOR) security breach will be able to enroll in the credit protection and identity monitoring services provided by CSID on October 24, 2013. DOR and CSID will provide more details on the enrollment process in the upcoming weeks. Stay with and WPDE NewsChannel 15 for details.

"As an agency, the Department of Revenue has taken precautions to ensure the data entrusted to us is processed in a safe and secure environment," DOR Director Bill Blume stated in Monday's news release. "We encourage all eligible individuals to continue to protect their personal identifying information by enrolling with CSID. In a world where technology is ever-evolving, CSID offers more than credit protection services by providing the added protection of identity theft monitoring and credit restoration to best protect the citizens of South Carolina."

Credit and identity theft protection will be available for those eligible including minor dependents, adult dependents, and those with no credit history. Protection for eligible businesses will also be available through CSID.

Credit protection services provided by CSID will end on October 31, 2014, unless the state chooses to extend the CSID contract. Individuals who enrolled with Experian are still covered for one year from the date of their enrollment, and can enroll in CSID's credit protection service while still enrolled with Experian, the release said.