Report Points to SSA Cyber Security Weaknesses

by Staff | November 7th, 2014

The Social Security Disability program is based on a system in which the income workers make is used to earn credits. The credits are used to determine one’s Social Security Disability benefit eligibility and the amount they will receive in benefits. That’s why it’s so important that the information the Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps is accurate and protected. But one new report shows the agency may be lacking in cyber security.

According to the Federal Times, the SSA underwent an audit that examined 11 facets of data security. Unfortunately, experts found weaknesses in eight of those particular areas, including:

  • Identity Management
  • Access Management
  • Risk Management
  • Security Training

Even more disturbing is that many of these same problems were identified in an audit done on the agency’s inner-workings last year. Officials fired back at this point by saying it takes time to implement solutions to these particular issues.

Many Americans are now wondering what they can do to protect their potential disability and retirement earnings. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest starting with the passwords you use for My Social Security and other accounts. Do not give passwords to anyone else and change them once every few months. It’s also wise to regularly check your earned benefits to ensure your records are accurate.

We hope these tips help you to keep your personal information safe on the Web.

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