SEC Employee Data Breach

SEC Employee Data Breach

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011Date of Breach: May 2011
Size of Loss: 4,000
Affected Individuals: Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agency employees
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Data contained: Social Security numbers and other payroll information
Additional Notes: The information was included in an unencrypted email, and software intended to catch such errors did not function properly.
Additional Information: The May 4 email was sent by a contractor at the department’s National Business Center, which manages payroll, human resources and financial reporting for dozens of federal agencies, said a representative for the SEC. Interior Department policies require that sensitive personnel information be encrypted when emailed. But the contractor neglected to encrypt the email, and the software in place to catch such errors did not work properly.

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