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CHIPS Articles: OPM Data Breach: Deckplate Training for Navy Sailors

OPM Data Breach: Deckplate Training for Navy Sailors
By Vice Adm. Ted N. Branch - August 17, 2015
NAVADMIN 191/15 was released Aug. 14 by Vice Adm. Ted N. Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Information Dominance, OPNAV N2N6.

REF/A/MSG/ALNAV052/15//
REF/B/MSG/ALNAV056/15//
NARR/ REF A IS ALNAV 52/15 OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT DATA BREACH.
REF B IS ALNAV 56/15 OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT DATA BREACH LIST OF AFFECTED PERSONNEL GROWS.//

1. This NAVADMIN points to specific resources to assist in training Navy Sailors to respond to the recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach.

2. Background: As detailed in references (a) and (b), OPM has announced two breaches of their databases affecting an estimated total of 25.5 million current and former federal employees. This includes active and reserve military and civilian personnel. Exposed personal information includes SSNs, residency and educational history, health and medical information, employment history, marital status, foreign travels, information about children and other relatives as well as personal friends and business acquaintances, financial history, criminal and non-criminal court cases, and passport information. Spouses or cohabitants of affected personnel may also be impacted. Official notifications to affected personnel will be sent via U.S. Postal Service beginning in September and may take months to be completed.

3. The Secretary of the Navy has established a portal (http://www.secnav.navy.mil/OPMBreachDON/Pages/default.aspx) to consolidate the latest information for all Navy personnel. This site is designed as a one-stop shop for information and resources. It includes a commanders’ toolkit and has been updated to include training materials specifically designed for deck-plate training of Sailors on what it means to them. An information trifold card and graphics designed for printing or posting in work spaces have also been added. The portal is updated as new/additional information becomes available.

4. Your personal information was likely compromised. Do not wait to take steps to protect yourself or your personnel. Be vigilant about the security of your personal information, set up fraud alerts on your accounts, be aware of phishing scams, and report all suspected attempts to solicit personal and work-related information to your commander, security manager and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

5. Released by VADM Ted N. Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Information Dominance, OPNAV N2N6.//

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