CSIDUpdated: July 9, 2015

The Office of Personnel Management, which suffered a recent security breach which exposed the personal information of four million federal government employees, is offering complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all affected employees. The OPM has chosen to use CSID, a company that provides identity protection to businesses, their employees and consumers. CSID’s recent customers include the state of South Carolina Department of Revenue, which is providing its taxpayers with coverage after a 2012 security breach. The OPM is currently working with the FBI as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to determine the full impact of the breach to federal personnel. In the meantime, employees may feel some level of comfort knowing they are being provided identity theft coverage.

How do I sign up for CSID monitoring?

OPM began notifying affected employees via email and U.S. Postal Service mail on Monday, June 8. Letters are expected to continue arriving through Friday, June 19. Each letter will contain a special PIN for employees to use to register for their free coverage on the special website CSID set up for the government data breach. The complimentary monitoring, called the Protection Plus plan, will last for 18 months. The CSID website includes a FAQ page to helpfully answer any questions you might have.

At the time these letters were sent out, it was thought that only federal employees will need to sign up for monitoring; however, newly uncovered information revealed that social security numbers of approximately 1.8 million employee family were exposed when background check forms were accessed. For more information about this, read our post with the most recent data.

What does the CSID Protection Plus plan offer?

This plan offers credit monitoring, including triple-bureau monitoring and access to your TransUnion credit report, CSID’s CyberAgent Internet surveillance to monitor websites, chatrooms and bulletin boards for the trade or sale of your personal information, court and public records monitoring, non-credit loan monitoring (such as payday loans which don’t require credit inquiries), change of address monitoring, a sex offender report to ensure no one is using your information in the sex offender registry and a social security number trace to notify you if your number becomes associated with another person’s name or address. Additionally, all those affected by the breach — even those who choose not to register for the Protection Plus plan — will be covered by a $1 million identity theft insurance policy and have access to full-service identity restoration through CSID in case something does happen as a result of the breach.

CSID seems to be a top choice for government agencies and departments for security breaches, and it is certainly good that it provides triple-bureau monitoring as well as Internet black market monitoring. However, the provision of only your TransUnion credit report should be noted. Not all creditors report to all three credit agencies, so being able to view all three of your credit reports is important so you can catch any problems that might be present. To learn more about other options for credit and identity theft protection, read our identity theft protection service reviews.