The following e-mail was sent to all Office of Personnel Management employees following revelations of a security breach of the agency’s computer network:
Public and private networks are targets for malicious activity because of the wealth of information they process. Therefore, all of us here at OPM must be ever-vigilant in our efforts to understand the threats, weigh the risks, and put in place countermeasures to mitigate those risks and reduce any potential damage. This is why we launched our communications campaign to make you more aware of the threats, show you how vulnerabilities can affect our network and business systems, and help you understand what you can do to help prevent attacks and the potential disclosure of sensitive information, including PII. As always, please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or observe anything suspicious. Thank you for your continued diligence.