Following Breach, VA Officials Assert Data Privacy and Security are Priority

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In the wake of a data breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that exposed the personal information of 46,000 veterans, Deputy CIO and Principal Assistant Secretary Dominic Cussatt highlighted data security and privacy to serve the veteran community as a key tenet of the agency’s transformation efforts.Without directly commenting on the Financial Services Center breach that occurred as malicious actors attempted to divert payments to community healthcare providers for veterans’ medical treatment, the deputy CIO spoke highly of VA’s data privacy and security efforts. He listed seamless and secure interoperability of data as one of VA’s digital transformation objectives, explaining the agency’s dedication to data privacy.
“VA has probably one of the largest caches of data in the world for the care of our veterans and their families and we need to make sure that data gets to who needs it when they need it, it remains intact as it travels there, and is secure,” Cussatt said at a House Oversight and VA Digital Modernization event today. “We take securing our veterans’ personal private data very seriously.”
He explained that the data must be interoperable between agencies as VA partners with other Federal entities, …

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