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Pentagon Spent Millions to Counter Insider Threats After WikiLeaks Fiasco
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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 05:57:39 +0000 (UTC)

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2013/07/defense-spent-millions-counter-insider-threats-after-wikileaks-fiasco/65843/

By Aliya Sternstein
Nextgov.com
July 1, 2013

Since 2010, when Pfc. Bradley Manning allegedly downloaded classified files from military networks and leaked them to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Pentagon has paid millions of dollars for technology designed to protect networks against insiders intent on leaking sensitive data -- the kind of activities former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden claims to have done in releasing classified files on the agency's spying operations.

NSA, which is part of the Defense Department, doesn't appear to have enabled those protections, despite earlier Pentagon assertions the technology was rolled out departmentwide.

The Host-Based Security System, launched in 2010, prevents the use of removable storage devices such as CDs and thumb drives on Defense Department networks. An NSA information technology official, who left the agency in the summer of 2012, said that at that time, HBSS was not installed.

Between 2010 and early 2013, the military had spent at least $12 million on core implementation contracts, according to budget analysts. Going forward, the Defense Information Systems Agency, which provides IT support throughout the department, is expected to pay about $1.3 million annually for software licenses, said Ray Bjorklund, founder of BirchGrove Consulting.

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