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Over 240,000 Current and Former Department of Homeland Security Employees Exposed in Data Breach

intelligentID | January 12, 2018

The discovery of the breach stems from an ongoing criminal investigation in which the social security numbers, date of birth, duty stations, positions, and grades of individuals in the system were found with a former DHS employee.

The personal data of over 240,000 current and former DHS employees was exposed in a recent data breach  at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). While it may sound like a cyber attack, the breach was instead rooted in a complex ongoing criminal investigation involving an ex-employee. But what does this mean for you and your business? Below are a few reasons to double check the security precautions that your organization has in place to eliminate the risk of theft by ex-employees in the future.

The Risk of Ex-Employees

The discovery of the breach stems from an ongoing criminal investigation in which the social security numbers, date of birth, duty stations, positions, and grades of individuals in the system were found with a former DHS employee. Between May and November of 2017, the DHS thoroughly investigated all sides of the breach, including an in-depth analysis of the exposed data. After assessing the risk surrounding the incident, all current and former DHS notified all affected employees in December. The identity of the former employee was not revealed with the story.

Precautionary Measures

While some incidents may be more avoidable than others, theft and data loss at the hands of ex-employees is a preventable tragedy. Although the DHS is now striving to take more precautionary steps towards preventing similar incidents in the future, the damage of a data breach such as this one starts a long road to recovery for the security of your system. Take extensive precautionary measures for your team by trusting a professional, comprehensive software that monitors all threats to your data at all hours of the day.

The Intelligent ID Solution

Intelligent ID protects your organization against the insider threat by monitoring file and user activity across multiple channels and alerting administrators to abnormal or risky behavior on your endpoints. Our team has researched hundreds of real-world insider threat incidents to produce a robust feature set geared toward protecting your organization’s employees, data, and resources. If workers are accessing sensitive data, Intelligent ID will monitor the suspicious activity and notify you if data is being moved or printed either on-site or off-site from your organization.

 

Intelligent ID recognizes each step in a such an Insider Threat and includes multiple functionalities to address them all.

Intelligent ID is endpoint-based user monitoring and analytics software that secures organizations’ business assets by continuously monitoring and alerting management to suspect events taking place anywhere an endpoint may travel. This includes data loss or theft activity, compliance infractions, workplace liability issues, inefficient use of time and resources, infrastructure concerns, insecure file access, and more. For further information, visit us at www.intelligentid.com or contact us at info@intelligentid.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+!

 

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