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US Military In The Dark On Cyberattacks Against Contractors
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9/23/2014 | 11:12:58 AM
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I agree that this is a bad situation.

But a small correction for @Robert McDougal...

Transcom is short for USTRANSCOM which is the DoD Command responsible for all tranportation logistics doctrine and management for all DoD organizations.  Transcom is thus a government entity, not a contractor.

The fact that Transcom was not aware of the breaches does not surprise me.  Transcom is basically a large entity that facilitiates and coordinates the contracting for movement of military materiel and personnel.  The intelligence function of Transcom relies on DIA and other government intelligence functions to provide information on threats to their contractor pool. 

I believe that the bigger problem is that contractors are not generally required to report security incidents unless the incident will directly impact delivery of logistics services.  Most of these hacks look to be information gathering thus having very little impact on service delivery.  Unlike the health industry, there is no legal requirement for private entities in the defense industry to report any compromises unless dictated by contractual agreement.

Counterintelligence is generally perceived as the realm of the USGov intelligence community, not the logistics community.  If the intelligence community notified Transcom of such activity, odds are it would have acted on the information.

I am certain that Transcom is currently in the immediate remediation of the causes for this situation.  If there is one thing that the DoD is good at, is adapting to security threats that make the headlines.
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Robert McDougal,
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9/18/2014 | 2:56:26 PM
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"Transcom is responsible for the movement of US troops and equipment around the globe."

The organization responsible for our troop movements was left in the dark on cyber intelligence? This is unacceptable, of all the contractors that should be aware of threats to intelligence theft you would think Trascom would be a top priority. I guess nothing surprises me anymore.


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