You would think that the White House would be one of the most secure buildings in the world, let alone the country. But a recent report from two senators suggests that's not exactly the case.
According to the United States Senate's letter to the Executive Office of the President, the office has failed to update several security measures in his big, white home over the past three years. These security flaws were exposed last fall when Russian hackers exploited the White House unclassified network.
Even with that direct attack to White House networks, however, no action has been taken to rectify the situation.
The letter warned that all departments of the government need to be on the same page with cybersecurity, especially after the attack on the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year that is leaving over 18 million citizens at risk.
The letter says, “Recent reports that the Office of Personnel Management suffered multiple significant intrusions, resulting in the exposure of millions of employees’ personal information, only underscore the importance of every federal agency, including the EOP, to take steps to improve its cybersecurity posture."
The senators reached out to the Executive Office of the President, but to no avail. They are trying to figure out if the EOP did comply with national security standards, and if they did comply, why they haven't included their status in the annual cybersecurity report.
We don't want the White House to be open to cyberattacks. And keeping up with the latest network protection protocols is vital to securing sensitive documents from foreign and domestic threats. I'll let you know if and when we get any more news about this concerning cybersecurity issue.
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