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NSA Cuts 90% Of System Admin Jobs
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NickyHelmkamp
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9/3/2013 | 8:32:57 PM
re: NSA Cuts 90% Of System Admin Jobs
InterWorx included this article in their Monthly Round Up for August: http://www.interworx.com/commu.... Thanks for the awesome content Thomas!
bkosh
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8/14/2013 | 9:28:37 PM
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I agree with Charlie, there seemed to be something off about this, either the guy is A: crazy or B: undone. Probably the latter. The NSA is obviously doing most everything wrong security wise while the FBI showed at Black Hat they are doing most everything right. Perhaps inter-agency cooperation?
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8/14/2013 | 12:38:03 AM
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There's no time element to the NSA director's statement. He was going in Monday morning and firing 900 system admins, or he was establishing the goal, to be executed over several years, of reducing the number. If the latter, than Keith Alexander was expressing the secret wish of every CIO from Maine to Mexico. Move toward automated IT operations, reduce the number of people dedicated to keeping machines running.We have a fragment of reporting on a jaded, politicized administrator caught in the public spotlight. I don't know which he meant. Charlie Babcock
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8/13/2013 | 12:33:40 PM
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I was also surprised that substantial leaks hadn't come out earlier. But I don't think that many people would take all the risks Snowden has (just look at his ordeal with trying to get temporary asylum), knowing that they could be slammed with an espionage charge and that they would have a difficult time seeking asylum in another country.
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8/13/2013 | 3:30:28 AM
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You read my mind, here, Smail, but I tend to agree with MyW0r1d that it's a senior-level, knee-jerk reaction that's more likely going to lead to administrative gaps, delays in service and problems. Even government agencies wouldn't be so overstaffed that they could survive such drastic cuts without impacts -- would they? At the very least the surviving 10% would revolt
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8/13/2013 | 12:49:36 AM
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If you can operate with 1/10 the network admins that you had yesterday what does this say about your management of your operation?

Seriously, any place that can fire 900 out of 1000 admins and still function is about to be a major mess or was an expensive daycare for IT people.

Can our government do ANYTHING right? They don't even know how to downsize credibly...
Michael Endler
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8/12/2013 | 8:52:33 PM
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Agree with Cara-- seems like a sort of desperate reaction. That said, when the leaks hit, I was surprised that this level of sensitive data was available to a contractor such as Snowden in the first place. Career government people? Sure. But that a contractor could see the whole scope and scale of the surveillance program-- not the kind of system I would have guessed. Upon learning that someone of Snowden's status had access to the content, I was doubly surprised, given the wildly divisive nature of the project, that substantial leaks hadn't been come out earlier.
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8/12/2013 | 5:04:47 PM
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Barn door, meet horse. On the plus side, Top Secret clearances are expensive to issue and maintain. Funneling some of that money to automation should help.
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8/12/2013 | 5:01:40 PM
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Edward Snowden's actions, whatever else they may be, amounted to a security audit that found NSA IT security policies lacking. Getting rid of IT people won't make those policies more robust.
MyW0r1d
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8/12/2013 | 3:29:01 PM
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Typical Fed.Gov. senior management reaction in an attempt to deflect attention from the real cause, failure in the hiring process compounded by poor personnel management (maybe Snowden just needed someone to listen seriously to his concerns to mitigate his actions). It will be interesting to know if those individuals are reassigned other duties or layed off, but whatever the case if you can even consider doing without 90% of your staff you have been almost criminally overstaffing. Overdependency on automation will almost certainly create more service outage as human discretion to intervene is removed (the human desire and success to find ways to circumvent automation is proven).
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