“Action must be taken to protect these federal law enforcement officers and their families,” stated a Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association memo dated Tuesday. “Lifetime credit monitoring needs to be provided for the victims of this breach. Additionally, to remedy this gross incompetence, OPM must implement new preventative measures and should move background investigations back under the FBI and install a separate database for officers and their families and those with security clearances.”
But that may prove to be a pricey endeavor.
The cost of creating a separate database inside an existing database could range from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on the size and type of system used by the Office of Personnel Management, said Keith Alsheimer, chief marketing officer for EnterpriseDB, an open source database provider that works with various government agencies.
While I sympathize with law enforcement’s underlying concerns, this is just flat out stupid. The solution to this problem is for OPM to fix their gaping cyber security holes.