Sylvia Burns: OPM Hack Puts ‘Different Lens’ on 2-Factor Authentication

cybersecuritySylvia Burns, chief information officer at the Interior Department, has acknowledged security issues at her agency after a hack on a DOI-operated data center that stores records of federal employees from the Office of Personnel Management, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

“We have to all own this problem and it will take all of us to fix the problem,” Burns said at a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday on the OPM breach.

Aliya Sternstein writes Burns told lawmakers more than 75 percent of privileged users at the Interior Department now use personal identity verification cards and passwords to log into the department’s computers.

“When the incident happened, it just created a different lens on looking at the need, and I think it made it crystal clear to everybody why it was so critical that we achieve two-factor authentication,” Burns said.

Burns also told lawmakers the hackers who copied OPM’s database with a contractor’s password left the Interior Department’s records and other data intact, Sternstein reports.

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