The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has lost data on around 100,000 employees. The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for security at airports.
It discovered on 3 May that an external hard drive containing personnel data - including names, social security numbers, dates of birth, payroll information, financial allotments, and bank account and routing information - was missing from a controlled area at its Headquarters Office of Human Capital.
The TSA notified all employees of the breach on 4 May, telling them, “TSA has no evidence that an unauthorised individual is using your personal information, but we bring this incident to your attention so that you can be alert to signs of any possible misuse of your identity.”
The hard drive contained details on current and former employees who worked for the TSA from January 2002 to August 2005. Data on current TSA employees hired after August 2005, and on travellers, was not included on the missing hard drive.
The TSA is providing those affected by the data loss with free credit checks so they can monitor their accounts.
David Lacey’s security blog >>
The latest ideas, best practices, and business issues associated with managing security
Stuart King’s risk management blog >>
Dealing with the operational challenges of information security and risk management
Comment on this article: firstname.lastname@example.org