Shortly after the federal government suffered it’s largest and costliest data breach ever at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), a post-mortem analysis found that the breach was entirely preventable, and the exfiltration of security clearance files of government employees and contractors could have been prevented through the implementation of two-factor authentication for remote log-ons.
“The enemy with no face”. No, it’s not the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Hollywood action movie, but the tagline from the U.S. Army’s latest cyber warrior recruitment ad.
Two years on from the massive Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, current and former officials have concluded that the greatest fallout from the hack was not the loss of documents and personal identifiable information, but to the government’s reputation, reports NextGov.
The OPM breach of 2014/2015, the largest government cybersecurity breach in history, was easily preventable. That’s according to a report released by The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform published on September 7th, 2016.
The report, titled: “How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More than a Generation” urges federal CIOs to act: