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Beth Cobert: OPM Makes Strides in IT Cybersecurity

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

Beth Cobert, acting director at the Office of Personnel Management, has said she is confident about the cybersecurity of the agency’s new information technology systems in an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday.

She told The Post’s Joe Davidson that OPM moved to implement data protection measures after last year’s breach incident that affected approximately 22 million federal employee records.

“We have made huge strides,” Cobert noted during the interview.

“We have a lot of great tools in place.”

Davidson reports the agency established a continuous monitoring program, limited remote access to its network and formed a centralized security workforce to help protect IT systems across the organization.

OPM also adopted a two-factor authentication system as well as tools designed to stop malicious programs from entering the agency’s network and prevent data extrusion, according to the report.

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