We are losing the cybersecurity war. In 2015, over 21.5 million federal employees and contractors – just about anyone who got a U.S. federal security clearance outside of the CIA – received a notification that their Social Security Number and personal information had been stolen from their Office of Personnel Management (OPM) files. When seeking a government security clearance, you have to fill out a very detailed personal information form, an SF-86. All of those are now in the hands of parties unknown.
Adding insult to injury, scammers latched on to this latest data disaster and sent out fake notification letters and emails, leading to further data breaches. Experts have suggested that this OPM hack, the DNC email hack, and the Sony hack, are the results of state-sponsored cyberwarfare.
After decades of cybersecurity efforts, even the US government's "secure" files aren't safe. Forget it if you are a customer of Ashley Madison, or Target, or Anthem. Better cryptography alone isn't the answer. The analogy is that you are making harder and harder walls, which is great as far as it goes, but when someone penetrates them, they still have access to all of your data behind the walls.