In a July 1 letter addressed to federal officials, the Professional Services Council expressed concern over the suspension of the Office of Personnel Management's "e-QIP" system two days earlier after the vulnerability was discovered.
The Office of Personnel Management notified federal agencies and departments June 29 that the web-based platform used to submit background investigation forms, known as e-QIP, will be offline for four to six weeks for security enhancements.
During the last of three congressional hearings held last week to address data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta held her ground in refusing to peg a final number on compromised records.
Login credentials for 47 federal agencies across 89 unique domains may have been exposed, leaving them open to espionage and criminal attacks, reported Recorded Future, which analyzed open source intelligence data and 17 paste sites for a year.
The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 authorizes DHS to assist the Office of Management and Budget with managing and monitoring implementation of security requirements by agencies and providing them with operational and technical assistance, among other activities.
Speaking in Talinn, Estonia, Defense Department Secretary Ash Carter announced a new initiative to bolster NATO's cybersecurity efforts, while 18F employees met with Estonian technologists in Washington to learn from one another's digital services offerings.
U.S. officials blame Chinese hackers for stealing personal data on about 4 million current and former government employees, although a news report cites other government officials saying that it may have actually affected up to 18 million people, including prospective employees.
The Veracode report also found that three out of four web and mobile applications developed or used by government organizations fail standard security policies and they also have a high prevalence of SQL Injection vulnerabilities when first assessed.
The guidance is designed to ensure that sensitive federal data stay confidential when processed, transmitted and stored by contractors, state governments, research and academic institutions and other nonfederal organizations.
The State Department will directly address the recent Office of Personnel Management cybersecurity breach at a major upcoming economic forum with China, says an unnamed State Department official in a June 22 press call transcript.