In a breach that was first publicly announced mid-2015, the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has finally came to a consensus on the root of the issue. With a 241-page analysis of the data breach, they have found that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed fingerprint data and background investigations on millions of Americans.
Data breaches can be a giant deficit to a company. Not only did someone hack into their system, but also losing trust of employees and business partners. Inverse said, “It all could have been prevented very easily.” Cyber security may seem like a small part of your overall operation, but giant data breaches like this should make your business realize cyber security should be of the utmost importance.
OPM first learned that something wasn’t quite right on March 20, 2014. According to KrebsonSecurity, another hacker “who posed as an OPM contractor” got into the system on May 7, 2014. The second hacker went virtually unnoticed and then in “December 2014, 4.2 million personnel records were exfiltrated,” also according to KrebsonSecurity. A breach like this could be the end of a smaller or mid-sized company.
What do you need to do to protect yourself from a breach similar to this one? Consider these tips from Business Daily News to help keep your business safe:
- Invest in education. Educate yourself on what security products you are using and what is best for your company.
- Consider a data backup plan. If any information happens to be compromised or lost you can easily recover it with your backup.
- Keep your software up to date. Technology is so fast-paced that it is easy to fall behind the times when it comes to your cyber-security. Make sure you have the most up-to-date edition possible.
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