DearColleague.us

Letter

Edward Markey

From the office of:

Edward Markey

From: The Honorable Matt Cartwright
Sent By: jesse.reisman@mail.house.gov
Date: 6/30/2015

Do More to Help Victims of Data Breeches
Co-sponsor the “A Necessary and Targeted Impediment to Viruses Act”
The recent breeches into the networks of the Office of Personnel Management are only the most recent compromises of federal computer networks. While the attacker’s ultimate goals are unknown, their possession of detailed knowledge about potential victims increases the chances of an attach known as “spear phishing”. This tactic involves a highly targeted email to entice the recipient to open the message and compromise their computer. This can lead to the theft of additional electronic data and the computer being turned into a “bot” for future attacks.
To date the most common response to a government data breech has been to offer the victims 12 – 18 months-worth of credit monitoring. This tool may help folks detect identity theft after-the-fact, however it does not protect computers from being infected by a malicious virus. A proactive defense is needed. That is why I am introducing the “A Necessary and Targeted Impediment to Viruses Act”. The ANTI Virus Act will require agencies that lose control over PII because of a successful cyberattack provide one year’s worth of antivirus software to the victim to use on their personal computers, helping protect them from any subsequent effects of a breech. This relatively small cost (likely less than $10 per person) can yield a huge benefit to the individual and to our network security.
If you would like to cosponsor the legislation please contact Jesse Reisman at Jesse.Reisman@mail.house.gov or Stephen Coffey at Stephen.Coffey@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5546.