I’m sure you read about this news by now… Basically, over the past 4 years a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) system used to process background investigations had a security flaw that could have permitted unauthorized access to sensitive applicant information. According to their announcement, this data included names, social security numbers, and dates of birth. DHS particularly stressed anyone that applied for positions at DHS headquarters, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from July 2009 through May 2013.
I may or may not have been effected however this potential compromise really calls into question the risk we take by handing practically all of our personal information over to a government agency. Like in security … I guess we have to weigh our risks. Is having this type of job worth the risk of having all of our most personal and intimate information stolen? For most of us I’m guessing the risk is worth it but anyone collecting or providing access to such sensitive data really needs to take this responsibility very seriously.
Hopefully these types of systems don’t become a favored target for malicious hackers or foreign governments. Can you imagine the barrage of daily news announcements if whitehat researchers, malicious hackers, and foreign governments transitioned from the current targets de jour (e.g., mobile, ICS/SCADA, Java, and Adobe) to the much more valuable clearance processing systems? I imagine government agencies would never connect these systems to the Internet … right? No, really … they would never attached them to the Internet, right? (Calling all e-QIP users…)
Anyway for those who are concerned or have additional questions regarding the recent DHS exposure, give them a call at (855) 891-2739 between 8 am and 8 pm EST or send a message to [email protected].
Do you think we are taking too much of a risk by turning over our most valuable personal information over to a government agency? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from SiliconAngle.com. See ya!