Over 21 Million People Affected by Massive OPM Hack

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on Thursday released the results of a forensics investigation into the recent cyberattack that affected its systems and data, revealing that the personal information of 21.5 million current and former federal workers was compromised. Originally, 4 million people were thought to have been affected.

On Friday, the agency's embattled director, Katherine Archuleta, succumbed to pressure from Capitol Hill and resigned. Data leaks from the breach included Social Security numbers; residency and educational history; employment history; information about immediate family and other personal and business acquaintances; health, criminal and financial history; fingerprints, usernames and passwords and other private information.

The conclusion of the report: EUDirector Archuleta has initiated a comprehensive review of the architectural design of OPMEUs IT systems, to identify and immediately mitigate any other vulnerabilities that may exist, and assess OPMEUs data sharing and use policies. That review is ongoing.EU

A Cyber West Point?

We turned to Alan Cohen, chief commercial officer at cybersecurity company Illumio, to get his thoughts on the OPM fallout. He told us itEUs time for America to create a West Point for cyber war.

"This report demonstrates that cyberattacks are now capable of inflicting damages that greatly exceed just data theft. They can now disrupt the lives of everyone in the world and even lead to the loss of life," Cohen said.

To prevent major losses and human tragedies, organizations need to realize that current models used to secure data centers and systems are ineffective, fail to provide needed visibility, and simply cannot defend against todayEUs cyber threats, he said.

EUIt is time for the nation to recognize that to win the cyber war, we need to fundamentally rethink our approach to security and adopt a unified nation-first, vendor-second approach, otherwise our economy and our very way of life will suffer drastically," Cohen said.


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