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Breach of Homeland Security Background Checks Raises Red Flags
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Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
8/25/2014 | 11:18:25 PM
Unacceptable
I don't know if I can express how upset I am over this breach.  This could literally lead to the deaths of many people.

Of all the data in the world, this is the kind that needs to be paper only or at the very least on a non internet connected network.
zaious
zaious,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/26/2014 | 1:07:22 AM
Re: Unacceptable
It is disappointing. It means that all databases are being targated. Attackers are not shifting their target from hard objectives (highly secured databases). Every enterprise with a database should stay alert -all the time.
Stratustician
Stratustician,
User Rank: Moderator
8/26/2014 | 9:08:09 AM
Re: Unacceptable
I agree, Government agencies should have more accountability when it comes to protecting personal data, especially data that directly affects the safety of citizens, and to find it was not encrypted?  This is outrageous. 
Alison_Diana
Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Moderator
8/26/2014 | 9:19:25 AM
Re: Unacceptable
There is almost a blase attitude to breaches these days. It's absolutely infuriating to continually hear that breach after breach includes lack of encryption, lack of patches, or other basic security steps that go ignored. Someone -- government, consumers, or a combination of both -- has to begin holding organizations' feet to the fire. We saw it somewhat with Target; people left the store and shopped elsewhere. But in CHS' case, the stock rose! The government MUST act strongly in this instance to send a strong, strong message that this lack of adequate security measures won't be tolerated.
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
8/26/2014 | 3:55:57 PM
Re: Unacceptable
@AlisonDiana  I com pletely agree Alison. These days there are SO MANY breaches, and people are getting desensitized. When your hospitals, your food stores, your clothing stores, your DMV, and your local florist are all getting breached, what can you really do? You only have so many options... if you try to avoid every one that has a breach, eventually you'll run out of options.

And that's just one reason why market pressures will never really result in good security.
Alison_Diana
Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Moderator
8/26/2014 | 9:17:06 AM
Re: Unacceptable
I had the same reaction, Robert. This is the type of information America's enemies will pay good money for -- and then use to do harm to those working to protect this country. There is absolutely no excuse for this failure.
Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
8/26/2014 | 9:20:38 AM
Re: Unacceptable
In my opinion, this should lead to criminal charges.  As a result of this negligence the families and friends of undercover operatives are at risk.  This is utterly unforgivable.
Some Guy
Some Guy,
User Rank: Moderator
8/26/2014 | 11:10:13 AM
Re: Unacceptable
I'd say that no longer doing business with USIS is the corporate death sentence. Anyone feel better now? Didn't think so. We need to quit the witch-hunt, and apply lessons learned from this across the board.

Don't fix the blame, fix the problem.
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
8/26/2014 | 3:59:18 PM
Re: Unacceptable
@SomeGuy  Agreed. Deal with the problem now. Assess blame later. The fact is, EVERYONE needs to think about security, and need to share the job with their contractors, service providers, and even their customers.
securityaffairs
securityaffairs,
User Rank: Ninja
8/26/2014 | 12:10:36 PM
Re: Unacceptable
The is probably one of most worrying data breaches due to the nature of information compromised... every Government Database is a potential target, its accesses from third parties must be carefully regulated.

I'm very worried by this last attack

 
DarkReadingTim
DarkReadingTim,
User Rank: Strategist
8/29/2014 | 9:36:37 AM
Re: Unacceptable
I'm a little unclear as to how a GRC program might have prevented this. I wonder if the folks who commented on this in the article could provide a bit more detail.
josephmartinez80
josephmartinez80,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/27/2017 | 3:21:37 AM
Re: Unacceptable

It's good to conduct background checks to ensure safety in the organization. However, the data obtained from the background check report should not be used for any other purposes. Data breaches are a major concern these days and precautions should be taken to put an end to this menace. Apart from that, employers must choose the background checking company wisely who have a good reputation in the community. They follow the guidelines and act strictly to it while providing accurate background check reports.

https://www.affordablebackgroundchecks.com/background-report.php

Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
8/26/2014 | 4:04:17 PM
this is going to sound silly
Okay, this is going to sound silly, but I'm serious. Remember all those spy movies when the phrase "This message will self-destruct in X seconds"? Do we need better ways to more quickly destroy data? I see how it could work with data in transit -- or rather, data soon after it's reached its receiver. I'm not quite sure how this could work on data in storage, though...

Well, for starters, I suppose that you could use something like that to prevent data sprawl. Like, if data would be automatically deleted moments after it was stored on an unauthorized storage device/instance? Am I just blue-skying? Or does something like this exist and I just forgot?
aws0513
aws0513,
User Rank: Ninja
8/27/2014 | 3:16:55 PM
Re: this is going to sound silly
Data retention is a touchy subject more and more.

In some countries, the "right to be forgotten" is becoming law.

The regulatory requirements for records retention are now bumping into risk management frameworks.

The rules for management of HR relevant records, including background checks, are quite clear on how long such records are to be maintained.  The risk begins to show when the data that is in storage is not properly protected.

What is really frustrating me is that with each breach I see in the news releases, the explicit details on how the breach occured are not being fully disclosed NOR are they releasing details on how the breach was discovered.
I understand that investigations take time, but even an early "this is what we know" report regarding the vector and the discovery details can be very helpful to those in the same trenches.  This information is crucial to all of us out here who are trying to improve our security practices.  Yet all we see is the headlines of the damage.  I appreciate the damage information gives weight to the issue, but the truly valuable information is what can be learned from the event.


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