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Russian Hackers Pilfered Data from NSA Contractor's Home Computer: Report
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jsmwaste
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jsmwaste,
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10/11/2017 | 1:25:34 PM
Re: Whose fault?
Nice infomartion..Thanks for sharing
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/10/2017 | 4:48:33 PM
Re: Security Corrective Action
@REISEN: To clarify: I 100% agree about the severity of the situation, which absolutely must go into account -- as must the role of the particular employee (big difference, for instance, between, say, an IT worker and a public-relations admin).

At the same time, speaking generally and not necessarily on this particular incident, the severity of the situation has to be taken into account the other way too. Some situations do call for extreme measures, but if every reaction is one of draconian you-know-what-to-the-wall maximum punishment, then you greatly risk decreased self-reporting of highly serious situations involving highly sensitive data. Everything is a balancing act.

More on my take here, including insights from another federal agency that deals with highly sensitive data: enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netsysm/minimize-shadow-it-damage-by-encouraging-self-reporting.html
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10/10/2017 | 9:11:04 AM
Re: Whose fault?
And they are always here - hackers 
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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10/10/2017 | 7:31:02 AM
Re: Security Corrective Action
If the data in question was merely QUARTLERLY ERESULTS for a public company, I would agree.  But this is NATIONAL SECURITY data!!!  We are on a different scale here.  This material HAS to be classified!!!!!  This is not a powerpoint presentation of the 2017 Kick off meeting at Atlanta.  And what about COMMON SENSE for a contract worker?  Or emplooyee for that matter.  No, we are dealling with national secrets!!!  Different ball game. 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/9/2017 | 3:27:43 PM
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>  I think conseqiuences such as termination, lawsuit, jail can be persuasive. 

While I don't disagree with your overall reaction, there are certain problems with immediately going to extreme retributive measures when it comes to this stuff. At the end of the day, it's shadow IT -- and if you unrelentingly flog the peasants every time something like this comes to light, you're going to discourage self-reporting of security incidents for other employees who may be violating IT rules.

Perhaps the employee should be fired, but that shouldn't be the one-size-fits-all insta-solution for every IT violation. Otherwise, you risk not finding out about compromises until it's far too late because employees will fear for their jobs.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/9/2017 | 3:22:22 PM
Re: Whose fault?
> actually an NSA employee, not a contractor.

That's kind of worse, no?

I certainly support work-from-home and telecommuting, but when you're talking about that kind of high-level government work, things need to be vetted for the home office.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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10/9/2017 | 2:43:27 PM
Re: Security Corrective Action
The virtue of simplicity.  How about NO GOVERNMENT-PRIVATE DATA EVER EVER EVER on a "home" system particularly if you are dealing with SECURITY CLEARANCE ISSUE!!!    I think conseqiuences such as termination, lawsuit, jail can be persuasive.  A home computer IS NOT secure and most government systems sure are not either.  But to add pain to the pudding through a home system exposure is a violation of every sane security law in the book!!!!  RTFM as they used to say ages ago. 
rdusek483
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rdusek483,
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10/7/2017 | 8:08:48 AM
Security Corrective Action
Internal-External Airgapping needed . . .
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/6/2017 | 3:25:39 PM
Re: Whose fault?
Mainframes for the win!
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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10/6/2017 | 3:21:52 PM
Re: Whose fault?
I suppose we may all be thankful that the USA Nuclear command and control seems to be hosted on 1970s vintage mainframe systems of which NOBODY remembers HOW to hack and invade?   Those old System/370 systems, S/34 - 36 and 38 go on forever.  
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