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Democratic House IT scandal illustrates the hazards of reckless cybersecurity policy

CyberWisdom Safe Harbor Commentary on Democrat IT Scandal:

Today I came across this story from thehill.com that discusses the truth about matters on national security, Democratic leaders have repeatedly stated that they are irresponsible. Imran Awan’s case shows that the dangerous incompetent model is especially true for cybersecurity.

In the summer of 2017, he was arresting Iran’s shameful former House IT staff, Imran Awan, at Washington Dulles International Airport because he was flying to Pakistan. The authorities have been reviewing Awan after he was suspected of bank fraud and transferred $283,000 to Pakistan earlier this year.

Democrat IT Scandal

This fiasco began in 2016, a year when Democrats made bad decisions. There were 44 Democrats in the House of Representatives, including the then DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who chose to waive the background checks of Pakistan’s information technology assistants to complete the sharing of employee handbooks.

According to the parliamentary documents, the House Democrats are willing to use loopholes in recruitment procedures. If another member of the National Assembly provides them with guarantees, they may be exempt from potential employee background checks. This made individuals with suspicious backgrounds such as Imran Awan and his brothers Abid Awan and Jamal Awan become members of the House of Representatives.

Those IT assistants later visited Congress data without authorization. The General Inspector of the House of Representatives found that the staff used their own username and password under the code they had to log in to multiple delegates’ devices, many of whom did not even work directly. They use these devices to download data from the House network and cover their tracks as best as possible.

The Inspector General of the House concluded that if background checks were initiated, all this could be avoided. Even after learning about the team’s evil activities, Wasserman Schultz decided to let Imran Awan continue working.

These amazing revelations should make both Democrats and Republicans angry.

The Careless Career recruitment and password management practices of Democrats attest to one thing: Professional competence alone does not guarantee security. There is too much sensitive information at risk and too many parties want to use this information to cause damage (and pay for it). This means that no matter how time-consuming or tedious, all precautions must be taken. This includes, but is not limited to, extensive background and belief inspections, and adaptation to antitrust security measures.

Background checks should be given because personal circumstances can play an important role in one’s behavior. The Awang Family Circus is at the extreme of the background investigation story. They can still get a lot of information. More than a few people will do anything. why? Because the Democratic leadership chose a simple way out. This is something that should be condemned.

When it comes to password management, the same principles apply: Take one step further and spend time and effort protecting devices, data, networks, and yourself. Create a strong password with at least 12 characters. Use all kinds of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Do not continue to use the same password anywhere. Change your password regularly, ideally at least once every three to six months.

Of particular importance in Washington, DC’s culture, a philosophical consensus is crucial for IT and cybersecurity personnel to handle highly sensitive data and devices. This is especially true of VIP individuals and elite organizations such as law firms, lobbying companies, political action committees and advocacy organizations. You need technicians and companies that are loyal to your business and provide you with top-level service technicians and companies because they want your efforts to succeed in the public arena.

There are always obstacles to the integrity and safety of the workplace. Help you a favor and learn from a bad example of the Democrats as a cautionary tale. Always redouble your efforts for safety and recruitment, never take short cuts, and connect yourself with those who basically agree with your mission.

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Democratic leaders have repeatedly shown themselves to be recklessly irresponsible when it comes to national security. The case of Imran Awan illustrates that the pattern of dangerous incompetence is particularly true of their approach to cybersecurity. The summer of 2017 saw the arrest of disgraced former House IT worker Imran Awan at Washington Dulles International Airport as he was headed for a Pakistan-bound flight. Authorities had been scrutinizing Awan after he allegedly committed bank fraud and transferred $283,000 to Pakistan earlier in the year. According to congressional documents, the House Democrats clownishly exploited a loophole in hiring procedures that exempts potential hires from background checks if another member of Congress vouches for them. This allowed individuals with questionable backgrounds, such as Imran Awan and his brothers, Abid Awan and Jamal Awan, into the ranks of the House of Representatives staff. Engaging post, Read More…

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