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Declassified Documents Reveal the Inner Workings and Intelligence Gathering Operations of the National Security Agency

News release: “…Matthew M. Aid today posted a collection of declassified documents obtained for his new book The Secret Sentry on the [National Security] Archive’s Web site…disclos[ing] that the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was far from the first time when U.S. government officials, including senior military commanders and the White House, “cherry picked”… Continue Reading

Declassified Oral History Interviews Posted by National Security Agency

“The National Security Agency (NSA) has recently declassified and posted lengthy, formerly Top Secret oral history interviews with four of its most prominent personnel: Arthur J. Levenson, Dr. Solomon Kullback, Oliver R. Kirby, and Benson K. Buffham.” [The Memory Hole] Note: “the NSA The National Security Agency/Central Security Service launched its newly redesigned public web… Continue Reading

National Security Agency Listening Post Reportedly Breached by China

Washington Times: “China’s intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The spy penetration was discovered several years ago as part of a major counterintelligence probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) that revealed an extensive program by… Continue Reading

Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for Internet of Things

NIST: Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT) – “The Interagency International Cybersecurity Standardization Working Group (IICS WG) has developedthis draft report based upon the information available to the participating agencies. Comments arebeing solicited in order to augment that information, especially on the information about the state of… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Seek Smarter National, Homeland Security Through Federal Agency Job Rotation

News release: “A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators introduced bills in the House and Senate Thursday to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government’s national and homeland security missions by encouraging the government-wide integration of Executive Branch employees working in those areas. The Interagency Personnel Rotation Act of 2011, S.1268 and H.2314, would… Continue Reading

National Security Archive Publishes Documents Describing Controversial Agency and Database

“Today the National Security Archive publishes a collection of documents concerning the organization and operations of the Pentagon’s Counterintelligence Field Activity and the TALON/CORNERSTONE database it has maintained. As the Defense Department announced on August 21, today that database will be terminated while work on new procedures for reporting of threats to the Defense Department… Continue Reading

Americans and Cybersecurity

Pew Report – Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives. “Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Research Report – Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions

Additional Observations on Foundational Cybersecurity Research: Improving Science, Engineering, and Institutions: An Annex: Unclassified Abbreviated Version of a Classified Report: “At the request of the Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Interagency Working Group and sponsored with assistance from the National Science Foundation and from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the… Continue Reading

Trump signs new cybersecurity executive order

Executive Order on May 11, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure “Policy.  The executive branch operates its information technology (IT) on behalf of the American people.  Its IT and data should be secured responsibly using all United States Government capabilities.  The President will hold heads of executive… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Introduce Three Bills to Improve Consumer Cybersecurity

“Today, Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee introduced three bills to update U.S. cybersecurity policies and protect consumers.  In recent years, millions of Americans have had their personal data stolen and high profile attacks—like the denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Dyn last year—have raised serious questions about our cybersecurity laws and our ability to… Continue Reading

Pew – Americans and Cybersecurity

“Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of emails from members of the Democratic National Committee; the release of testing records of dozens of… Continue Reading

CRS – Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Via FAS – Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Michelle D. Christensen, Analyst in Government Organization and Management. October 7, 2016. This report provides a primer on some of the fundamental aspects of the security clearance process, using a “Frequently Asked Questions” format. A security clearance is a determination that an individual—whether a… Continue Reading