NCSA statement following report of data breach at U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Today, many current and former federal employee ‒ up to 4 million in fact ‒ may be concerned about the loss of their personal information in the wake of a massive data breach at the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management.
According to early news reports, the breach is attributed to Chinese hackers, and information stolen included Social Security numbers, job assignments, performance reviews and training and other personally identifiable information. For those whose personal information was lost, the attribution of the hack is less important than the knowledge that their information may now be used by others for a variety of purposes, including fraud and identity theft, or it may be sold to cybercriminals.
“Having information stolen about you can be very disconcerting,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance. “Everyone impacted by this, or any breach, must now enter a phase of diligence about ensuring that additional personal information and accounts are protected and not misused for cybercrimes or other purposes.”
The National Cyber Security Alliance shares the following recommendations in the wake of having data exposed:
Data breaches have become more commonplace and everyone should be aware of these steps so they can act quickly in the wake of hearing or suspecting their personal information has been lost.
Other helpful resources include: