The recent Ashley Madison hack isn’t the only high-profile one to make headlines this summer. The personal and private information of more than 21.5 million current and former federal employees and over a million unique fingerprint scans were leaked in an attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that is believed to be the work of the Chinese. Government officials said longtime security lapses left the OPM vulnerable to hackers. As a result of the OPM hack, Director Katherine Archuleta has been forced to resign.
Archuleta is guilty of following protocol — doing what everyone before her did and not waking up to the reality of the threat. Her inability to deal with a complex cyber landscape is mirrored elsewhere in the government, which is stricken with the “double whammy” of low budgets and the difficulty of retaining highly skilled security professionals.