The South Carolina Department of Insurance is contributing to the security-breach investigation by Anthem Insurance Co. after the firm said in late January that it had been the victim of a cyberattack in which the personal data of more than 80 million policyholders had been compromised.
The attack targeted names, birth dates, addresses and other personal-identification information. In some cases, Social Security numbers also may have been exposed.
South Carolina officials aim to ensure that South Carolinians have the resources to protect themselves from identity theft and other criminal activities.
“We take the issue of cybersecurity very seriously. In fact, our department represents one of the seven states leading the multi-state examination that will thoroughly review the company’s security procedures and processes to ensure protection of consumers impacted by the breach," Ray Farmer, director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance, said. “We encourage consumers who think they may be affected to look for communications directly from Anthem and to monitor their personal accounts, credit score, bank, credit card and other financial information.”
In South Carolina, Anthem offers insurance products through the following three companies: Anthem Life Insurance Company, Unicare Life and Health Insurance Company and Greater Georgia Life Insurance Company. In 2013, these three companies wrote approximately $2 million in premiums in South Carolina.