Are you a federal employee? Then your personal information may have been exposed in the latest security breach. KeyPoint Government Solutions, a company that performs background checks for the government, was breached, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
As tired as I am of seeing breach after breach, I'm happy to see that the Office of Personnel Management's response hasn't been to just shrug off the hack. The OPM has "worked closely" with the Department of Homeland Security to figure out exactly what happened.
All of the potentially affected employees receive free credit monitoring to protect them from identity theft.
While the OPM and DHS aren't entirely sure that any "personally identifiable" information was leaked, it's still making the effort to keep everyone who was exposed safe.
NextGov spoke with the DHS spokesperson S.Y. Lee about how it became aware of the breach:
Recently, the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center became aware of a potential intrusion of a private sector company that conducts U.S. government security background investigations for OPM. Working with OPM and other interagency partners, the NCCIC, per standard procedure, deployed an on-site [U.S.-Computer Emergency Readiness Team] to assess and mitigate any risks identified.
In the wake of hackers and espionage teams hitting U.S. government targets, a quick and effective response is nice to see. The Justice Department pledged to get serious about cybersecurity earlier this month, and this might be another step in the right direction.
KeyPoint, on the other hand, isn't being as open about the breach. The private company didn't respond to NextGov's calls.