Cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and Ashley Madison may have something in common: you. The Los Angeles Times reports foreign spy services are hacking and aggregating data from U.S. networks to build their files on U.S. intelligence officers. Ron Marks is senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and a former CIA special assistant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose the OPM breach was never about identity theft, but a plan to learn more about what you’re doing and where you’re going.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is failing to hire and promote enough minorities despite years of vowing to do so, Director John Brennan said Tuesday, announcing a new effort to tackle the problem of a…
When CIA director John Brennan announced a reorganization, a big feature was formation of a new directorate. It’s aimed at what Brennan calls digital innovation in cybersecurity and other areas. It has a lot of potential for contractors of all sizes. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of the Northern Virginia capital fund Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit business development-oriented TandemNSI, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss this development.
The CIA director said the agency is following the spy business into the digital realm, but it is not trying to step on other intelligence agencies’ turf.
CIA Director John Brennan says his agency’s new focus on cyber is part of a necessary evolution within his agency. It’s not an attempt to elbow in on other agencies turf, including the National Security Agency, according to Director Brennan. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, Brennan defends a reorganization of the agency. He says the CIA’s methods are changing, but its missions aren’t.
Plans to overhaul the CIA are getting mixed reviews. Director John Brennan’s plan, announced Friday, would bring operatives and analyticals together to work side-by-side. Critics say objectivity is at risk, while those in favor say the collaboration will produce a more powerful product. Michael Allen, the managing director of Beacon Global Strategies and former majority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explore the changes and what they mean.
Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart will take over as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Jan. 23, replacing interim director David Shedd, a former CIA official.
With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page report, columnists and politicians are pounding the Central Intelligence Agency. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says maybe the Senate should broaden its inquiry.
The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on whether to release key parts of its investigation into CIA interrogation tactics. A vote to publish the materials could worsen relations between the panel and the agency and force President Barack Obama to intervene. Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Jeremy Herb, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, about what comes next.
The Public Interest Declassification Board wants high-level attention to address ever-increasing shortcomings in the way agencies classify and declassify documents. The system is considered by many broken and now is being inundated by electronic records. The National Declassification Center has completed equity referral quality assurance on 278 million pages, and completed all processing of more than 118 million pages of this backlog.