West Virginia reorganizing state’s cybersecurity effort

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice at his 2017 inauguration ceremony. (Photo Credit: Gov. Justice via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information required by law to be kept private.

In an executive order, Justice has also directed the West Virginia Office of Technology, to conduct risk management oversight to ensure cybersecurity of electronic records.

Under the order, the board will maintain the State Privacy Office responsible for issuing policies and conducting assessments. It was previously organized under the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Health Care Authority.

The order, signed last week, says it’s also imperative for the state to engage with its business partners to protect West Virginians’ privacy.