The IRS failed to flag compromised personally identifiable information linked to dozens of external data breaches last year and put the tax information of nearly 11,000 people at risk, according to a recent watchdog audit.
The IRS fights to stay at least one step ahead of the fraudsters that use stolen taxpayer credentials to file tax returns. But the frequency of data breaches gives adversaries more ammunition.
What can federal IT professionals do to protect their agencies from data breaches? Find out when Nick Jovanovic, VP Federal at Thales eSecurity Federal, joins host John Gilroy on this week’s Federal Tech Talk. April 9, 2018
John Landwehr, vice president, public sector CTO at Adobe, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how document management technology and monitoring analytics can help agencies secure their data. October 27, 2015
The Office of Personnel Management announced today that 21.5 million people were affected by the second breach of its background investigation databases. This includes 19.7 million people who applied for a background check, as well as another 1.8 million people whose personal information was included on clearance applications, such as spouses.
It’s no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.
Department says 99 percent of laptops now are encrypted. Of the 21 laptops reported stolen or missing in the last two months, all were secured with security software.