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Using Unsecured Email addresses of IRS
IRS stands for Internal Revenue Service is storing the personal taxpayer information. A research from the treasury inspector general shows that IRS employees using unsecured emails in the work. Therefore, they are putting important informations at risk. But inspector claim that with his/her research, IRS is using unencrypted email addresses in their workplace. This poses a risk for people who are using this service.
The inspector shows an sample sent emails between May and June 2015, 11,416 employees sent 95,396 unencrypted emails in that time period. So research claims PII (Personal Identifiable Information) and 2.4 million taxpayers information is at risk by now.
The inspector shows an sample sent emails between May and June 2015, in that time period, 11,416 employees sent 95,396 unencrypted emails. So research claims PII (Personal Identifiable Information) and 2.4 million taxpayers information is at risk by now.
Inspector did an estimate on 80 employees and found out 48 percent of employees sent unsecured emails during that time period. Report said: “If this four-week period is typical, we estimate that more than 1.1 million unencrypted e-mails with taxpayer PII/tax return information of 28.2 million taxpayers could be sent annually,”
The inspector says most of the unsecured emails used internally, but some employees used their personal email addresses outside to manage governmental businesses.
The inspector blames the company cause of their carefreeness about to inform to their employees about rules and security. The research puts the blame on company as employees did not know they should not use their personal email addresses for their work.
The inspector recommended some informations about how to solve this problem. He expressed the company should provide training about the security to prevent future risk possibilities. The company replied back as their agreement on the report and they continued. Then, they have changed their procedures about that.