Current and former counterintelligence officials say there is no known evidence so far that a victim of the Office of Personnel Management’s cyber breaches has been specifically targeted. Instead, the public’s loss of trust in OPM and government as a whole has been the biggest damage done after the breaches.
The Office of Personnel Management didn’t have a decision-making policy in place to help it decide when and how to offer identity theft and credit monitoring services to victims of the 2015 cyber breaches. More than a year later, the agency still doesn’t have a plan.
The Office of Management and Budget’s fiscal 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress shows more agencies have stronger cyber defenses in place.
A committee within the Homeland Security Department is finalizing a new guide for agencies, state and local governments and other organizations involved in cyber breaches with best practices for notifying victims.
The Office of Personnel Management’s National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) awarded a contractor for support services in January, but now is facing complaints from two unsuccessful bidders.
Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Counterintelligence Executive, said foreign hackers will target current and former federal employees based on a broad set of data, not just personal information stolen during the massive breach in 2015.
IT leaders at the Office of Personnel Management say the agency has one major database left to encrypt, which contains some high-value assets and personally identifiable information for security clearance holders and federal employees.
As acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert looks back on her tenure at the agency, she’s confident that federal employees should feel more comfortable in OPM’s ability to protect their data.
Cybsersecurity, customer service, even deep space exploration are on the list of federal agencies’ Performance.gov goals in fiscal 2016-17.
Sylvia Burns, the Interior Department’s chief information officer, said her team responded aggressively over the last 18 months to improve the agency’s cybersecurity posture, including using two-factor authentication for computer access.
The Office of Personnel Management lacks authorizations for 18 of its major security systems, the agency’s inspector general said in a new report. The IG attributed many of OPM’s IT security problems with a poor governance structure and shorthanded staff. OPM said it’s recently made a few new hires and will have 24 information system security officers soon.
Lisa Schlosser, the federal deputy chief information officer, called it a career on Nov. 9 after more than 30 years in government.
The Office of Personnel Management and its contractor, Winvale/CSID, can’t agree on just how many people need to re-enroll with a new vendor to keep credit monitoring and identity protection services, and they haven’t yet finalized a plan to smoothly transition those victims to the new service provider, ID Experts.
The Office of Personnel Management said it’s notifying about 100,000 to 150,000 cyber breach victims enrolled in credit monitoring services with Winvale/CSID that their coverage will soon expire.
Charlie Phalen has spent four decades in the personnel security business, most recently at Northrop Grumman, and before that, in top security positions at the CIA and FBI.