Breach, Threat Management, Data Security, Threat Management

California Department of Fish and Wildlife says insider exposed employee and vendor records

California's Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has reportedly issued an internal memo warning that a former employee downloaded worker and vendor records to a personal device without authorization, and stored them on an insecure network. However, the employee does not appear to have acted maliciously.

According to Feb. 16 report in the Sacramento Bee, the CDFW disclosed the breach last week, but was aware of the incident since Dec. 22, 2017 after discussing work-related matters with the then-employee. Employee records from 2007, including names and Social Security numbers, and personal vendor information from 2007-2010 were reportedly exposed in the breach.

The California Highway Patrol has been investigating the incident over the last two months, the Bee further reported.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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