In a recent hack of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) automated booking and travel site, the travel records and credit card information of as many as 30,000 military members and government civilian employees were stolen. This interesting information came to us from Forbes in their article, “Department of Defense Data Breach Exposes 30,000 Employees.

As the nation’s largest employer, with 1.3 million enlisted men and women and another 742,000 civilian employees, this is a relatively small number of employees affected. The exact number affected is not known yet, as well as when the breach actually took place. While it was detected and reported recently, it’s possible that the intrusion took place months ago and went undetected.

The U.S. government doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to deploying web sites. Does anyone remember the roll out of the Obamacare website in 2013?

However, this incident reminds us of the difficulties faced by large organizations and businesses when it comes to securing data.

Melody K. Smith

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