INSA Op-Ed: Major Data Thefts Enable Adversaries to Target Americans

INSA Op-Ed: Major Data Thefts Enable Adversaries to Target Americans

INSA Op-Ed: Major Data Thefts Enable Adversaries to Target Americans

Val LeTellier | ClearanceJobs | September 29, 2020

Despite having taken place years ago, data breaches affecting the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Anthem Health, Equifax, Yahoo, Marriott, and United Airlines continue to help foreign adversaries recruit insider sources from government agencies, businesses, and universities. Government and industry leaders must act now to fortify their organizations.

China and other nations are working aggressively to steal U.S. technology and information in fields ranging from quantum computing to vaccination research.  Advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and 5G networks are making data collection more ubiquitous and data aggregation and analysis more capable.  By hardening themselves to advanced insider attacks, organizations can protect American intelligence and technological advancement, strengthen national security, enhance government and industry effectiveness, and minimize the negative impact of future breaches.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) recently advised that foreign adversaries’ intelligence services “have an increasingly sophisticated set of intelligence capabilities at their disposal and are employing them in new ways to target the United States.”  These intelligence capabilities include increased commercial collection of personal data and advanced data analytics, which, combined, offer a gold mine of personal insights that enable them to target American citizens with access to valuable information.

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Caroline Henry

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