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NSA Too Focused On Perimeter Defense, Clarke Says
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WKash
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WKash,
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2/26/2014 | 11:00:49 PM
Re: So Much Hot Air So Little Ventilation
I think you're right Tom that determined insiders are hard to beat.  It is worth noting that after the Snowden incident, NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander instituted a rule that two people had to be present to permit the downloading or transferring of data.  Together with the right internal controls, that would make it harder though not impossible to make off with key data. 
Charlie Babcock
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2/26/2014 | 4:55:26 PM
Defense in depth
We must get to defense in depth, internal safeguards as well as perimeter defense, to achieve more secure operatoins. A rules engine should be watching user behavior to spot activity like Snowden's that's out of line.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/26/2014 | 4:54:00 PM
Re: So Much Hot Air So Little Ventilation
I'd venture to say that the issue goes beyond poor internal security. Simply put, modern communications technology makes it extremely difficult to keep secrets. Even if the NSA was on top of everything, I suspect a determined insider could take data outside the organization. It's just too difficult to simultaneously have data be readable and protected.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/26/2014 | 4:50:08 PM
Revamping NSA intellegience-gathering
I'd like to hear more details on what Clarke actually thinks the NSA should change in order to provide more transparency into spy agency activities. Did he offer any specfics? 
asksqn
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2/26/2014 | 3:07:00 PM
So Much Hot Air So Little Ventilation
So Richard Clarke believes the NSA's biggest problem comes from insider threats who then rightfully divulge governmental abuse of power? Clearly, he still lives in the same, elite ivory tower he always has when he was receiving a paycheck from the agency.


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