Cybersecurity

NSA Engaged in Massive Battle with Russian Hackers in 2014

An NSA official previously described the toe-to-toe battle but placed it in 2015.

Cybersecurity

Once Stealthy, Russian Hackers Now Go Toe to Toe with U.S. Defenders

Once wary of being spotted, Russian government hackers now battle with their U.S. adversaries.

Cybersecurity

Government Contractor Accused of Stealing NSA Cyber Secrets

Harold Thomas Martin III worked for at least seven private contractors since 1993, placing him in several defense and intelligence agencies that require security clearances.

Cybersecurity

Bill to Elevate CYBERCOM Heads to Obama’s Desk

The compromise defense policy bill also sets conditions for splitting NSA and U.S. Cyber Command.

Cybersecurity

Compromise Defense Policy Bill Elevates Cyber Command

The bill, which could be voted on this week, also places restrictions on splitting CYBERCOM from NSA.

Cybersecurity

Report: Government’s Zero Days Arsenal is in the Dozens

The Columbia University report advocates more transparency about the government review process for previously unknown computer vulnerabilities.

CIO Briefing

NSA Chief Has a Phone for Top-Secret Messaging. Here’s How It Works.

The Boeing device is less a phone and more a locked-down portal to a faraway server.

Cybersecurity

Senator Sounds Insider Threat Alarm After NSA Contractor Arrest

The arrest of the latest NSA contractor follows high-profile leaks by Snowden, Manning and others.

Ideas

What a Former NSA Deputy Director Thinks of the Snowden Movie

Chris Inglis was about to retire when Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency files.

Cybersecurity

NSA Dares College Students to Locate, Disarm Bombs Controlled through the Net

NSA officials say they will confront young computer scientists with the kinds of threats the agency faces daily, partly as an intelligence analyst recruitment effort.

Cybersecurity

Will NSA and CYBERCOM Split?

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper both support a proposal to separate NSA from CYBERCOM.

CIO Briefing

Privacy Guidebook for Eavesdropping on Americans Draws Flack

New rules reflect a shift in intelligence gathering from bugging an individual’s phone to netting communications in bulk from the global internet.

Cybersecurity

Did NSA Get Hacked?

A group calling itself the “Shadow Broker” is auctioning off what it says are the agency’s cyberweapons.

CIO Briefing

Defense Intelligence Agency Is Scoping Out Social Media Background Checkers

The effort is part of a shift away from screening intelligence and military staff every five years, as is current practice.

Ideas

To Succeed in Cyberspace, Don’t Forget the Human Element

Adm. Michael Rogers reminded us of the most critical—and challenging—aspect of all cyber operations: “Never, ever forget the human dynamic.”

Data

Inside NSA’s 'Sociotechnical' Data Experiment

The numbers alone aren't enough to change how an agency makes decisions.

CIO Briefing

NSA Plan to Trash Employee Complaint Files Raises Concerns for Some

The move comes amid a legal battle about the potential improper disposal of whistleblower evidence.

Cybersecurity

Ex-NSA Deputy Director Wants Coded Messages for All

However, techies, entrepreneurs and the feds should first be hashing out its application, to defuse tensions over the prospect of coded messages for all, Chris Inglis said.