Susan and the Chief Information Officer have since been terminated and their relationship with Equifax ceased.
All told, the hack, which Atlanta-based Equifax disclosed September 7, affected as many as 143 million people, mostly in the United States.
If your information was stolen, Equifax can freeze your credit, which will prevent identity thieves from opening up new accounts in your name, as nobody will be able to run a credit check on you without contacting you first. The Equifax breach is another painful example teaching us that cyber resilience begins and ends with the board and senior executives.
Equifax is facing legal threats and backlash from consumers, investors and policy makers.
Cuomo said credit reporting agencies, including TransUnion and Experian Plc, each year would have to report their officers or directors who are responsible for compliance with laws and regulations involving financial services, banking and insurance.
Although UK systems were not affected, United States parent company Equifax Inc. announced that a file containing UK consumer information "may potentially have been accessed" due to a process failure, corrected in 2016, which led to a limited amount of UK data being stored in the USA between 2011 and 2016. "We also are focused on consumer protection and have developed a comprehensive portfolio of services to support all USA consumers, regardless of whether they were impacted by this incident".
General Hood reminds consumers to be diligent by watching their bank accounts and credit card statements.
The ICO said members of the public should remain vigilant of any unsolicited emails, texts or calls, even if it appears to be from a company they are familiar with.
"What we know today is that there was a fix available out there, but they didn't put the patch in", Healey said.
"We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data, and we are conducting a thorough review of our overall security operations".
The company previously revealed a data breach affecting tens of millions, including more than 1.2 million Mississippians.
In a letter to Equifax, US senator Elizabeth Warren said the company had failed to provide the necessary information describing exactly how this happened, and exactly how the security systems failed.
The risks were highlighted by the Equifax breach, which led two senior executives responsible for security in information technology to retire on Friday.
More than 100,000,000 Americans are affected by the Equifax security breach.
"That's bad for them to try to charge you for credit monitoring when they're the ones who caused the reason for you to need to monitor in the first place", says Hood.
Equifax chief executive Richard Smith has apologised for the breach and will testify at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in the US Congress on 3 October, according to the BBC.