In wake of OPM breach, few sign up for protection services
Meredith Somers reports:
Federal employees don’t think their personally identifiable information (PII) is safer than it was one year ago, but new numbers from the Office of Personnel Management show those employees are not taking advantage of the free protection offered in the wake of the massive cyber breach.
About 21.5 million current and former federal employees and some of their family members were victims of the two OPM data breaches last year. Of that group, only 11.36 percent — or 2.7 million people — have enrolled in free identity protection services provided by ID Experts, according to the latest data from the agency.
An exclusive Federal News Radio survey found that about 55 percent of federal workers and government contractors thought their PII was not safer than it was a year ago when the breaches were announced.
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I’m not sure that failure to sign up for the identity protection services indicates little interest in protecting the information. Some of the 21.5 million may already have such services as a result of other breaches, and some may have just put security freezes on their credit reports.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the sign-up rate once OPM issues its revised offering that will provide protection services for 10 years instead of the three currently offered.