VA releases new cybersecurity strategy in honor of Veterans Day

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a new cybersecurity strategy ahead of Veteran’s Day as a way to better protect the personal information of US veterans as well as to stop the potential corruption of critical data. 

The VA said cybercriminals have long sought access to veterans’ data for a variety of scams and exploitation, prompting the department to make changes to its security.  

In 2006, the organization faced a massive data breach affecting the sensitive information of 26.5 million veterans as well as their spouses and family members.

Just last month, the Justice Department sentenced a former medical records technician for the US Army after he was caught accessing personal information from US veterans and using the data to steal millions from benefits sites.

While working as a civilian medical records technician and administrator with the US Army at the 65th Medical Brigade, stationed at Yongsan Garrison in South Korea, 40-year-old Fredrick Brown stole names, Social Security numbers, military ID numbers, dates of birth and contact information for thousands of military members. This occurred between July 2014 and September 2015. US Attorney Ashley Hoff noted that many of the veterans targeted in the scheme were disabled or elderly, since they received more

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