The 2020 Census is going online, raising concerns of a possible cyber security breach on millions of Americans.
For the first time, households will be able to fill out the Census online, and door-to-door workers will input information through their smart phone.
“We actually do ethical hacking of nations and businesses, and I can tell you that time and time again we do see where information is in the cloud and it's not protected at the highest level,” Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions and former chief information officer under President George W. Bush.
Test runs by the Census Bureau resulted in more questions than answers, according to the Government Accountability Office.
“What type of different Internet traffic has been coming and going from this cloud instance to see have we had somebody who shouldn't be here meddling in this data and making changes or downloading the data,” says Payton.
She says it all comes down to who the Census Bureau hires to safeguard our information.
“The tough part is finding the right security expertise to guide and advise them to make sure that they know the custom settings that they need so that our data, your and my Census Bureau data, is secure.”