A Personal Story Of Compromised Biometric Data Due To The OPM Breach – Chuck Leaver

Written By Mike Hamilton And Presented By Ziften CEO Chuck Leaver



Enhanced Security of Personal and Biometric Data Is Needed After OPM Breach



Recently, I had to go through a fairly substantial background check procedure. At the time it was one of those scenarios where you sign into the website, offer your social security number, a plethora of delicate details about you and your household, and trust the federal government (and their professionals) to take care of that personal data.

As I got home the other evening and took a seat to begin writing this post, I looked at the stack of mail sitting on my desk and saw one of those envelopes with the perforated edges that normally consist of sensitive info.

Of course, you need to open those kinds of envelopes. Sadly at that moment all my worst concerns had come true.

What I discovered was my very own letter detailing that basically every delicate piece of info one may want to know about me – along with comparable details on 21 million other Americans – was accessed throughout the OPM breach.
Oh, and by the way, there’s the fact that my biometric identity was also compromised:




At this point, despite the fact that “federal experts” think that it’s no big deal, my iPhone disagrees with them. Bruce Schneier wrote an excellent piece on this, so I will not belabor the points he makes. However eventually we all have to ask some hard questions:

When is this going to cease?

Who is accountable for stopping it?

Who is going to in fact stop it?

Who is going to be held responsible when breaches occur?

These kinds of breaches are why at Ziften we are so passionately constructing our next-generation security tools. While we as a security provider might never ever totally stop or avoid these kinds of breaches from taking place, maybe we can make them so much harder and time consuming. When you think about it, until the community states “this has to stop” this is going to continue to happen daily.

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