36,000 Boeing Employees PII Leaked

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    BOEING NOTIFIES 36,000 EMPLOYEES FOLLOWING BREACH
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    by Chris BrookFebruary 27, 2017 , 3:48 pm

    A Boeing employee inadvertently leaked the personal information of 36,000 of his co-workers late last year when he emailed a company spreadsheet to his non-Boeing spouse.

    News of the breach surfaced earlier this month after a letter (.PDF) from Boeing’s Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Marie Olson, to the Attorney General for the state of Washington Bob Ferguson, was posted to Ferguson’s website.

    Forty-seven states, including Washington, have legislation on the books that requires companies or government entities to disclose whenever there’s been a breach of personally identifiable information. Under Washington law, companies are required to notify the Attorney General’s office if the incident affects more than 500 of the state’s residents. In this instance Boeing claims the information of 7,288 Washington residents may have been impacted.

    According to the letter, the breach occurred on Nov. 21, 2016 after a Boeing employee encountered a formatting issue and emailed a spreadsheet to his spouse who didn’t work at the company. The file contained sensitive, personally identifiable information of 36,000 of the aircraft manufacturer’s employees. The file included the names, places of birth, BEMSID, or employee ID numbers, and accounting department codes. The spreadsheet also included Social security numbers and dates of birth, albeit in “hidden columns,” according to Olson.

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    Boeing should use Office 365's Data Leak Prevention policies to prevent leaks like this. You can set it where PII can not be sent outside of the organization and can only be opened by people who have a Microsoft account tied to your organization.
     
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