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White House cybersecurity coordinator calls Social Security identification system 'flawed'

White House cybersecurity coordinator calls Social Security identification system 'flawed'”

Joyce's comments come just weeks after the data breach at credit reporting firm Equifax that resulted in the theft of personal information including Social Security numbers for as many as 145 million US citizens.

In the aftermath of the last month's Equifax data breach, which exposed the personal information of millions of Americans, White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said that the Social Security number has "outlived its usefulness" as a national identity method. These numbers were just one of the many pieces of personal data compromised when unauthorized third parties accessed information at Equifax (EFX) earlier this year. "It's a flawed system".

Joyce, a special assistant to the president and a top voice on cybersecurity in the administration, said he has asked departments and agencies within the government to begin discussing ideas for moving away from Social Security numbers and toward a more "modern cryptographic identifier". While listing the number of problems in the identification system that relies on Social Security numbers, he added that you can't change these numbers after they have been stolen - something governments should be able to do when facing frequent cyberattacks and massive data dumps.

United States officials are studying ways to end the use of social security numbers for identification following a series of data breaches compromising the data for millions of Americans, a Trump administration official said Tuesday.

"I think it's really clear there needs to be a change", he said.

The comments came as former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified to Congress today about the breach.

But, the important thing, Joyce said, is to get the conversation going.

Joyce has reportedly raised the issue of ditching Social Security numbers with the Trump administration.



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