LOUSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Governor Steve Beshear will visit Louisville Wednesday for a ceremony centered around protecting Kentuckians from cyber security breaches. He signed legislation in April, two separate bills (HB 5, HB 232) aimed at protecting the personal data of both Kentucky consumers and businesses.
When you hear security breach, you may remember one of the more recent events, when 70 million people were affected by the Target hacking. Breaches like this can compromise your identity, when credit cards, social security numbers and birth records are stolen.
Turns out, if you live in Kentucky and a business's cyber security is breached, there's no guarantee you'll be notified if your private information is stolen by a hacker.
Kentucky remains just one of four states without a law to protect you against this. However, the governor's recently signed legislation will change that in 2015, when private businesses as well as local and state government will have to notify victims of stolen data.
Right now, insurance companies are charging Kentuckians more for cyber-security policies due to the lack of state laws. We spoke to Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen back in April about the issue. He says it's critical to have such laws in place.
"My own office has been the target last year of several thousand attacks. We have to be vigilant. It's not a question of if we're going to be breached, it's question of when we're going to be breached," Edelen said.
Once these laws take effect, we'll also see a boost in security training for government officials and government agencies will have to encrypt sensitive data in their computer systems.
Gov. Beshear will host a ceremonial signing of the bills at 2 :15 p.m. at the Nucleus building, at 300 E. Market St.