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 Cybersecurity and the Labor Unions: The OPM Cyberattack
Therapist Earns Certification
The author will be writing a monthly article throughout 2019 on Cybersecurity across various market segments. Be sure to watch for it to see how your business may benefit from this important information. Good reading and see you next month.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employ- ee union; representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers, including a few hun- dred private sector employees. In June of 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is the human resources depart- ment for the federal government, reported that it had been targeted by cyber attackers, resulting in over 20 million personnel records being stolen. The stolen data included information about family members, foreign contacts, psy- chological information, and over 5.6 million sets of fingerprints.
Reaction was fierce; with blame being assigned to the Obama administration, the U.S Congress, and the federal employees themselves. AFGE claimed that it had been calling for enhanced security measures for their employees for years; stating that union employees have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by pre- venting agencies from securing their computer networks and databases.
It took nine days to recreate a timeline of the attack; with the result being that hackers had
breached another non-governmental organiza- tion first to gain access to OPM credentials. After Congressional hearings and much input from the government and private sectors, the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) was announced in February of 2016. CNAP stresses the need for better cooperation between the government and private sectors; something that might have lessened the severity of the OPM attack. However, critics of the CNAP say that it focuses too heavily on prevention at the expense of mitigation.
“We can’t operate with the mindset that everything has to be about keeping them out”, says Rich Barger, CIO for ThreatConnect. “The question is, how do we limit their effectiveness and conduct secure operations knowing they’re watching? Designing and building networks that limit a hacker’s ability to maneuver, and cre- ating better ways to detect abnormal behavior by authorized users must be accomplished in order
to deflect these threats.” [1]
[1] Koerner, Brendan, “Inside the Cyberattack that Shocked
the U.S. Government”, Wired, 23 October 2016
A. Elisabeth Tolsdorf is author of this article and the Direc- tor of NIST SP 800-171 Compliance for Hawk Technologies, a woman-owned firm located in Houghton, Michigan. Hawk is the Upper Midwest’s primary source for NIST SP 800-171 Compliance services. Additional information about NIST SP 800-171 and Hawk’s CAD services capabilities can be found
MARQUETTE, MI - Here at the UPHS - Mar- quette Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, we are proud to announce that Ritesh Tripathi, PT, MPT, has recently earned one of the highest designations in the field of Physical Therapy: Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurology Physical Therapy.
A Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurology is a licensed physical therapist who has:
1) completed over 2000 hours working with individ- uals who have neurologic dysfunction like those who have suffered a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
2) demonstrated competency in the following areas:
Patient care including examination, evaluation, diag- nosis, prognosis and intervention, patient education, interpretation of research, administration and consul- tation.3) passed the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Examination.4) obtained certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
We would like to take this opportunity to congratu- late Ritesh on this outstanding achievement! It’s because of his dedication and hard work that we are able to provide this highly sought-after service to our patients, thereby improving the lives of our patients and those who live in our communities.
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