Senate Report Finds Security Failures at Federal Agencies are Leaving Personal Data Vulnerable - July 1, 2019
By Ian Smith, FedSmith
A new report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has found that numerous vulnerabilities exist in federal agency computer networks which is leaving Americans’ personal data at risk.
Data breaches at federal agencies are nothing new and have put on display the security vulnerabilities that exist within the federal government. The most notable recent example was the data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management that left the personal data of over 20 million current and former federal employees at risk. The breach occurred because OPM failed to properly secure its computer systems, something that continues to be a problem at the agency.
“The number of data breaches agencies have reported in recent years is not surprising given the current cybersecurity posture of the federal government. A recent report by the Office of Management and Budget made clear that agencies ‘do not understand and do not have the resources to combat the current threat environment,'” reads the Senate report.