The US government has handed over its sensitive cybersecurity role to the military. The move is seen as a snub to the Office of Personnel Management, the agency at the center of last year’s scandal over one of the worst government data breaches known to the public. US officials believe a Chinese espionage operation infiltrated OPM’s records accessing information on 21.5 million current and former employment or job applicants. Fingerprint images belonging to some 5.6 million people were stolen. The Pentagon has been called in to overhaul the federal security clearance system. A new government office, called the National Background Investigations Bureau, will take over the job of running background checks on all federal employees, contractors and others.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Tech Eye