ON SECURITY ISSUES

Nowadays, almost every agency deals with security issues, one way or the other.

It seems that Google has had a closer relationship with the NSA than it might look on the surface. Under a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, the network obtained two groups of emails from 2012. The emails indicate that Google has been involved in meetings with the NSA on security matters. Though, the reason was not to reveal data about Google services users, but a nobler one – to provide security.

The correspondence between NSA Director General and company execs refers to previous briefings under a secret government program known as the Enduring Security Framework (ESF). The initiative, launched in 2009, coordinated actions between companies and government on security issues.

The abovementioned email correspondence also indicates that other tech giants had been regularly meeting with the NSA. Google, Apple and Microsoft came to agreement on a set of core security principles. The email goes on to say that Intel, AMD, HP, Dell and Microsoft worked with the NSA in certain international cases as per security, for instance, to foil a BIOS threat from China.

Well, these companies work really hard to protect their users from cyber-attacks, and always talk to experts, including in the U.S. government, so they stay ahead of the game!

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The White House has released a major report on the ability of computers to exploit all the public and private data being collected on American citizens. The government thinks “Big data” can revolutionize medicine, education, and security.

To appease a great number of privacy concerns arising in connection with these intentions, the White House recommended a broad set of preemptive protections. In spite of these measures, there are some worrying aspects left.

In one famous case, published last year in Science, researchers were able to identify individuals in a set of genetic data with information gleaned from public resources and a separate dataset of their relatives. While we can take certain precautions to protect people’s privacy, the ability of researchers – or corporations – to uncover personal information may eclipse our ability to protect anonymity.

There are 6 recommendations for privacy protection:

  1. Advance a consumer privacy bill of rights to provide better information and standards for protecting privacy
  2. Pass legislation for protecting data from breaches
  3. Protect non-U.S. citizens from privacy invasions too
  4. Prevent discrimination based on automated profiling of race or other sensitive characteristics
  5. Ensure student data is used for educational purposes
  6. Change the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which currently provides law enforcement broad authority to search emails and other communications

Well, in any case, lots of federal, state, and local government agencies do collect and analyze data, just like an increasing number of companies, to meet their strategic goals. We are to take it or leave it, nothing more nothing less.

To Hire Or Not To Hire?

There’s one more interesting security aspect connected with the consequential employment of ex-“special agents”. Some specialists from the NSA continue their career elsewhere. Like Edward Snowden, they might be interested in leaking confidential info, but they choose to continue “serving and protecting”.

Oren Falkowitz, the founder and chief executive of Menlo Park-based security startup Area 1 Security, spent eight years at the agency, where he specialized in “data missions” – seeking out sophisticated computer network attacks, isolating them, and then analyzing their nature and specifics. Inside the NSA, Falkowitz had a ringside seat to some of the most sophisticated data breaches and violent network attacks. He led an NSA data team focused almost solely on attack prediction, analytics, and types of possible threats. It is those skills he brought to Area 1 Security team. Their security platform is the first to deliver a security solution that eliminates targeted social engineering attacks by focusing on behavioral patterns of delivery systems. Area 1 Security detects and works to isolate an attack before the thugs even have time to successfully launch it.

The bottom-line is that security is of utmost importance in every sphere. Every possible and thinkable measure must be undertaken to ensure it.

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