Opm And The Department Of Homeland Security Essay

1679 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 null Page
In April, the OPM discovered personal data from 4.2 million current and former Federal government employees had been stolen. Experts from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the OPM formed a multiagency team of investigators and determined that the initial discovery was only the tip of a very chilling iceberg.
After several weeks, the OPM reported on its website, “OPM and the interagency incident response team have concluded with high confidence that sensitive information, including the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 21.5 million individuals, was stolen from the background investigation databases. This includes 19.7 million individuals that applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants, primarily spouses or co-habitants of applicants. Some records also include findings from interviews conducted by background investigators and approximately 1.1 million include fingerprints. Usernames and passwords that background investigation applicants used to fill out their background investigation forms were also stolen.”
According to an article by Eric Chabrow in GovInfoSecurity, Mark Weatherford, the former deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, indicated the OPM failed to implement some very basic security controls. After the fact, the OPM implemented additional network security precautions, including installing anti-malware software, limiting remote access for…

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