Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: The fallout from FEMA’s massive compromise is just beginning


Department of Homeland Security employees deliver supplies to Santa Ana community residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. (Carlos Giusti/AP)

The fallout from a FEMA error that compromised the personal information of 2.3 million disaster victims is just getting started.

It sets up a test for President Trump: The mishap — which occurred when FEMA improperly shared personal and banking data with a contractor that helped place disaster victims in hotels — marks the first significant data loss by a governemnt agency since a 2017 executive order in which Trump pledged to hold top government officials accountable for securing their data against breaches and improper disclosure. After all, the department’s inspector general called the incident a “direct violation” of government data-handling rules. And FEMA itself admitted it was a “major privacy incident.” 

And Congress is also seeking more information. The Senate Homeland Security Committee has requested a briefing from FEMA

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