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.

Cybersecurity

Who’s Worried About the 96 Percent Retention Rate at NSA?

With such low turnover, Silicon Valley and other parts of the private sector might outperform NSA in snapping up fresh talent.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Bill Boosts DHS Cyberthreat Sharing but Critics Fear Backdoor to NSA Surveillance

The $1.1 trillion spending bill creates an instant information-sharing regime housed at DHS.

Cybersecurity

This ISIS-Endorsed Encryption Contractor Says It Will Now Screen Who's Buying Its Services

The goal is to stop terrorists from using stolen credit cards bought off the online black market, and entering bogus physical addresses to register for encryption services.

Cybersecurity

NSA Stepped In to Thwart OPM Hackers -- Eventually

It wasn't until after the intrusion NSA was able to provide OPM with help to try to figure out what had happened, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers said.

CIO Briefing

Federal Court Overturns Ruling Against NSA Mass-Surveillance Program

The bulk-collection program was reined in earlier this summer when Congress passed the USA Freedom Act.

Ideas

5 Things You Need To Know About the USA Freedom Act

Its predecessor, the Patriot Act, garnered outrage and changed security policy globally. What should we expect from the Freedom Act, hastily passed last week?

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