IRS Adopting Unsecured fake email Addresses
A research from the treasury inspector general indicates that IRS employees using unsecured fake email in the work and putting important informations at risk. IRS, which is the Internal Revenue Service, keeping the personal taxpayer information. But inspector claim that with his/her research, IRS is using unencrypted email addresses in their workplace, so that’s a risk for people who are applying this service.
The inspector shows an sample sent emails between May and June 2015, 11,416 employees sent 95,396 unencrypted emails in that period. So research says PII (Personal Identifiable Information) and 2.4 million taxpayers information is at risk by now.
Inspector made a survey on 80 employees and found out 48 percent of employees sent unsecured fake email during that time period. “If this four-week period is normal, 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,” report said.
The inspector claims most of the unsecured emails used internally, but some employees used their personal email addresses outside to deal with governmental businesses.
The inspector blames the company cause of their carefreeness about informing to their employees about security and rules. The research puts the blame on company because employees didn’t realize they shouldn’t use their personal email addresses for work.
The inspector recommended some informations about how to deal with this issue. He/she said the company should provide training about the security to ward off future issue possibilities. The company replied back as their agreement on the report and they continued, they have altered their procedures about that.