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The Enemy Who Is Us: DoD Puts Contractors On Notice For Insider Threats
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Marilyn Cohodas
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11/17/2014 | 10:27:06 AM
A good start or too little too late?
Good article, Adam. But I[m curious. Do you think having insider threat rules in place pre-Snowden could have prevented his leaking of classified NSA docs? 
firestonea
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11/18/2014 | 8:55:15 AM
Re: A good start or too little too late?
Hi Marilyn,


I think such rules would have been a good start.  However, like most rules of that sort, they are deliberately vague as to implementation details in order to give organizations the maximum amount of flexibility.  I think that prevention of such a data loss would have required very specific technical safeguards to have been in place.  That being said, this rulemaking provides important impetus (and is a great step in overcoming organizational inertia) toward that goal.
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/18/2014 | 9:06:10 AM
Re: A good start or too little too late?
I'm actually surprised that in all the hand-wringing and finter-pointing in the wake of the  Edward Snowden leaks, the goverment didn't try to put in place more stringent technical safegards.. I guess that is the nature of bureaucracy..
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firestonea,
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11/18/2014 | 9:07:58 AM
Re: A good start or too little too late?
So as not to conflate POST Snowden with PRE Snowden, it's worth noting that at the very least, internal government networks are being significantly fortified with respect to security in the POST Snowden era.
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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11/18/2014 | 9:09:29 AM
Re: A good start or too little too late?
Good point. That is at least something....Thx!


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