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Equifax Breach Underscores Need for Accountability, Simpler Architectures

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Equifax Breach Underscores Need for Accountability, Simpler ArchitecturesA new congressional report says the credit reporting firm's September 2017 breach was 'entirely preventable.'

Equifax could have prevented a breach of its systems and the resulting leak of sensitive information on nearly 148 million people by focusing more heavily on security, creating a clear hierarchy of responsibilities, and reducing complexity in its infrastructure, a congressional committee concluded in a report released on Dec. 10.

Calling the September 2017 breach "entirely preventable," the US House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform placed responsibility for the incident squarely on Equifax's shoulders. The committee's findings come 15 months after the breach, during which time the credit reporting agency has largely escaped investigation or fines.

"A culture of cybersecurity complacency at Equifax led to the successful exfiltration of the personal information...(continued)

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