Two U.S. House committees appear to be diving deeper into their investigation of the Equifax breach that exposed the personal information of 145.5 million people earlier this year with a letter to the company requesting detailed information regarding the its cybersecurity personnel and communications with the government
The House Science, Space, and Technology and the House Oversight and Government Reform committee's chairmen sent Equifax a bipartisan letter on November 20 requesting a slew of additional information by December 6. The letter, signed by Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC., and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., along with Science Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, requests specific information regarding Equifax's C-Suite, CIO, CSO and an accounting of how many people were impacted.
The information is needed to give both committee's a better understanding the technical and process failures that led to the data breach earlier this year, the letter states. The breadth and scope of the information required indicates the government is attempting to find out exactly who knew what and when in the period prior to the breach being made public and during Equifax's internal investigation that followed.
The committees are demanding:
Equifax's former CEO and Chairman Richard Smith sat before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on October 3 and was taken to task for his actions during the period when his company exposed the personal information of 145.5 million people.