The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently announced yet another data breach. In addition, the National Guard plans for a new cyber center.
All this news and more in this week’s federal news round up from FTI.
New VA CIO Takes Office
July 6 marked LaVerne Council’s first day in office as the new CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to Healthcare IT News.
Council replaces former VA CIO Roger Baker, who resigned in February 2013, and Stephen Warren, principle deputy assistant secretary for information and technology for the VA.
Before Council, Warren served as both the VA CIO and principle deputy assistant secretary for IT. Warren will now solely focus on IT affairs.
OPM Update: 21.5 Million Affected by Social Security Data Breach
The Office of Personnel Management announced July 9 more than 21 million social security numbers were recently breached in a cyber attack, according to National Journal.
This figure is in addition to the 4.2 million social security numbers breached in the separate OPM data attack that was announced in June.
Additionally, other records affected in the second breach include background check interviews and roughly 1.1 million fingerprints, according to Federal News Radio.
National Guard Base in Baltimore Plans for Cyber Center
The 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard announced its plans to construct a new cyber center, according to Defense Systems.
Located at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Baltimore, the wing is proposed to act as a cyber intelligence facility with 70 percent of the building space to be considered a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.