Friday, October 18, 2013

Bye, Intelligence Officers; Hi, Famous leakers

"When you can not achieve what you want, it’s better to change your attitude" (Terence, Latin author, 195-159 BC). We do not know if that's what is behind motivated last ‘facelift’ at the head of the U.S. National Security, but it really comes at a difficult time, because of the government 'shutdown', while the spy scandal goes on and on.

They are leaving the office Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency (NSA), his second in command, the civilian John "Chris" Inglis, and if the above was not enough, Janet Napolitano says bye as first head of the Department of Homeland Security. Is President Barack Obama's looking for a new leadership on security? For now, Info Risk Today has highlighted that Napolitano's successor, General Counsel Jeh, has no experience in the field of IT.

Meanwhile, Snowden’s leak goes further. The most known leaker after Julian Assange faces the consequences in an interview with The New York Times. He asserts he’s not given sensitive information to Russia, and has got in his hands every detail on each cyber-operation against China. Brazil, maybe giving a try to point in this race, or because these revelations change the political agenda, has announced a formal network of communication between government members and departments. A "spy proof" one ... and yes, “US spy proof”.

PRISM or other government spying operations are justified by the fight against cybercrime and terrorism. It’s an area where we find a steady trickle of news, like the recent security breach at PR Newswire, who has ask their customers to change their passwords. Companies allegedly linked to PRISM say they have nothing to do with it, but sometimes they are contradicted by facts… at least, debatable facts: a developer has just proved that Apple itself has access to iMessages from its users, despite of previous public denials.

Finally, the relationship between e-health and cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important. Specialized company SANS has published a survey on the matter, conducted to 373 health professionals involved in IT activities, with very revealing data.


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