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Clifton Triplett: OPM Faces Cyber Threat from Islamic State Group

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cybersecurityClifton Triplett, senior information technology and cybersecurity adviser at the Office of Personnel Management, has said the Islamic State militant group may potentially orchestrate a cyber attack on OPM’s computer networks, Nextgov reported Monday.

Aliya Sternstein writes Triplett said at a Bloomberg Government-hosted webcast that the implementation of access controls could help alleviate the severity of future data breaches.

“I think what I have to do is … assume that, at some point in time, they may be successful,” Triplett said of the militant group.

“[OPM will] make it more of a need-to-know kind of access control so if we do have a compromise, it is far more contained than, for example, our last incident.”

Meredith Somers also reports on Federal News Radio that Triplett urges agencies to focus on how to detect and adapt to emerging cyber threats.

Triplett also discussed OPM’s efforts to hire additional cybersecurity personnel and implement the use of multifactor authentication on personal identity verification cards, the report said.

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