OPM Cybersecurity Chief Takes Chicken Way Out
Like a thief in the night, or should I say a chicken in the light, Donna K. Seymour, the alleged cybersecurity chief for OPM – Office of Personnel Management – ‘retired’ 2 days before she was supposed to testify before Congress. According to Seymour “It is in the agency’s best interest that my presence does not distract from the great work this team does every single day.” If her team did ‘great work’ every day, we wouldn’t be talking about the loss of 21 million sensitive personnel records – mine included – which ended up in the hands of China
Run Away…Run Away
Like all good disgraced government bureaucrats, it’s easier to run away than it is to face the music. No accountability – again. What will it take before someone actually gets fired? I mean, straight up, flat out, “You’re fired”. This has been a recurring theme I have spoken about in numerous radio and television interviews I have done. In a recent interview on Fox News, I was so ticked off, it showed during my segment. (Note to Fox haters…save it. I have appeared on numerous networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CNBC.)
Where Is The Accountability?
The OPM data breach was the largest ever, and involved the sensitive personnel records that employees, contractors, consultants and others filled out to get access to classified information. People today are significantly at risk because of the massive failure on the part of OPM to secure these records. That means lives, classified operations, human intelligence assets in foreign countries, source and methods.
Name one person at OPM that was fired over this…at any level? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have the answer, because I don’t. Rather, the disgraced former director Katherine Archuleta, who should have been fired but resigned instead, had the gall to say no one was at fault for the biggest data breach in federal government history. No one! Unbelieveable.
Time To Cowboy Up
It’s time to quit playing around the the national security of our country. Where is the leader who stands up and says “Me. Pick me. I’ll do it.” We need somebody who has the courage and guts to call it like it is. Stop the idiotic meaningless statements like “…the great work our team does every day”, or “…no one was at fault.” How can anyone say that with a straight face!?! (The preceding punctuation is so grammatically incorrect…but I don’t care. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.)
No encryption. Took over a year to detect the breach. Twenty-one million lives exposed. Ongoing operations compromised. Over 8 years of warning. And the OPM ship still crashed into the rocks. Sound like a success story to you?