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Cyber Insecurity: When Contractors Are Weak Link
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WKash
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11/21/2013 | 11:22:21 AM
Re: Holding contractors accountable
The Snowden incident is one dimension of the problem. Yes, agencies can increase measures to guard against the theft / loss of information. The NSA, for instance, is now requiring that two individuals be present during the transfer of any classified information.  But it's much harder to control, discipline or simply fire a long standing but careless contractors whose systems are often grafted into an agency's systems.

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/21/2013 | 11:00:15 AM
Re: Holding contractors accountable
Given recent events with the world's most famous governement contractor -- Edward Snowden -- you would think that the government would be exerting even more control over contractors. Go figure!
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WKash,
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11/20/2013 | 10:42:10 PM
Holding contractors accountable
It seems hard to imagine the government couldn't do more, as yoiu put it, to hold contractor companies accountable for inadequate safeguards and lack of security measures to  protect critical program information, sensitive information, and even classified information.
Lorna Garey
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11/20/2013 | 10:08:37 AM
Lack of expertise
I wonder about the wisdom of spreading records around so many contractors when top-notch security expertise is so expensive and scarce. Sure, putting assets with a few large suppliers makes for more tempting targets, larger firms can in theory afford and deploy cutting-edge security.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/20/2013 | 10:00:33 AM
Do other governments do better?
I'd be curious to know whether these same patterns occur in the Canada, the U.K., or other NATO allies. Is their distribution of labor between contractors and government employees similar or vastly different? Much better managed or about the same?

U.S. government systems can't be the only ones that are under attack, although the U.S. is obviously a big target.


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