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Post-data breach, DOD held 'very candid discussions' with Microsoft

May 16, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Pentagon's Chief Information Officer John Sherman confirmed that the Department of Defense is satisfied with Microsoft's revised security protocols following a significant data breach last year, which exposed the personal information of over 20,000 individuals. Despite the severity of the incident, which impacted current and former DoD employees and partners, Sherman emphasized that Microsoft conducted a thorough review and adjusted procedures to prevent future breaches. The full scope and immediate handling of the breach remain undisclosed, although sensitive information pertaining to U.S. Special Operations Command personnel was among the compromised data. As of September 2023, a contract was awarded to notify and support affected individuals, but it is unclear if all have been informed. The breach, attributed broadly to cyber hygiene and configuration management issues, underscores ongoing efforts to enhance cybersecurity and adherence to proper procedures.
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