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Just one month after the Office of Personnel Management breach, the U.S. government sustained another cyberattack. The “hacktivist” group Anonymous claims to have infiltrated the U.S. Census Bureau on July 22. On its Twitter, the group suggested that they hacked the bureau’s servers and leaked the personal information of over 4,200 government employees. According to Business Insider, Anonymous has yet to release information as to how they infiltrated the government server, but they have been sharing data that was allegedly gathered during the breach. This data includes names of Census employees and their positions, addresses, emails, phone numbers and government passwords.
The group announced that the hack was in protest to the trade negotiations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trans-Pacific Partnership. These regulations would create smoother and better trade between participating nations, but Anonymous fears that it will give corporations an unfair advantage and make regulating the market more difficult.
Just one month after the Office of Personnel Management breach, the U.S. government sustained another cyberattack.
“The government plans to hire 6,000 cybersecurity employees by 2016.”
What does the Census Bureau breach mean for cybersecurity?
First and foremost, this latest breach should serve as a wake-up call. After two major hacks resulting in significant leaks of confidential government data in one year, cybersecurity should be priority No. 1 for the government. The world is now a digital place. Having nearly 210,000 government cybersecurity jobs go unfilled is no longer acceptable. It is time for the government to invest in a well-trained and highly prepared cybersecurity workforce. Recently, officials from the Pentagon and the FBI announced that they were planning to increase their number of cybersecurity employees by about 6,000 by 2016, as reported by Bloomberg News.
What role will cybersecurity professionals play in the future?
In the e-book “Cybersecurity in Our Digital Lives”, the National Cybersecurity Institute said, “Our cybersecurity workforce will serve as our advisors, protectors, and comforters.They must be well educated, well steeled, and extremely flexible in order to deal with the unknown future ahead.” It serves no purpose for the government to hire 6,000 unqualified individuals. They must ensure that these new cybersecurity professionals have intimate knowledge of cyberthreats and how they evolve. They must be educated in hacking techniques like social engineering and malware. Not only that, but these professionals must be highly adaptable. They must be prepared to face ever-changing APTs, which are also known as advanced persistent threats.
NCI offers training and degrees in the field of cybersecurity. The institute equips people with the skills and knowledge they need to combat cybercrime on the front lines of the digital battlefield. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the highly relevant and in-demand field of cybersecurity, visit NCI’s website today.