In a new white paper from the National Academy of Public Administration, federal experts say a breakdown of the federal human capital system ultimately led to some of agencies’ biggest challenges in recent years, from the cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management to the 49,000 vacancies at the Veterans Affairs Department.
The Office of Personnel Management’s cybersecurity breach stands as a kind of watershed. But results from a survey by ISC(2) and KPMG show the lessons may not have penetrated the ranks of federal security chiefs. Dan Waddell, managing director for North America with ISC(2) and Tony Hubbard, a principal with KPMG, share more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In the 12 months since the OPM cyber breach, is the government and industry in a better position when it comes to cybersecurity? Take our anonymous survey.
Randy Silvey, president Silverlight Financial, advises federal employees to take action now to protect their identities and credit by paying for a credit freeze and changing financial passwords.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) continues where his predecessor former Sen. Tom Coburn left off. Lankford identified 100 examples of wasteful and fraudulent federal programs and processes in his first ever wastebook.
The Office of Personnel Management plans to notify an additional 700,000 people by the end of October, and by mid-November have notified roughly 10 million victims of the cyber breach.
Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.) called on the White House to find a more appropriate and secure location to store personal information gleaned from the security clearance process.
The theft of more than 4 million fingerprints is a “black eye” on the face of the Office of Personnel Management, cybersecurity experts say, but it’s also a reminder for all agencies and industry to consider the strength of their security access.
In Depth host Francis Rose sits down with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) for a conversation about some of the top stories impacting federal employees.
It could take up to four months before some security firm is signed up to sort out (one hopes) the multiple messes caused by the cyber breaches earlier this year. The government has promised to provide protection to those impacted. That raises some questions for Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. How long will the protection last?
We may know the who, what, when and where of the OPM cyber hacks, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, but the “why” still remains something of a mystery.
So, you are definitely, maybe, maybe not, one of the 22 million current, retired, or former feds who’ve been hacked. That’s about everybody in the states of Florida and Arkansas, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Now what?
UPDATED: A key Senate committee approved an amendment today to give federal employees no less than 10 years of identity and credit-monitoring services and $5 million in liability protection for related damages.
OPM’s recent cybersecurity breach shows how tight budgets, limited expertise and cultural blind spots create perfect storms of agency vulnerability throughout the federal environment.
Alan Paller and John Pescatore of the SANS Institute explain why Katherine Archuleta’s departure may not be a fair nor effective means for addressing the cybersecurity problems at OPM.