U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has asked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to explain what steps he is taking to improve the cybersecurity of some of the nation’s most most sensitive secrets, held by federal intelligence agencies, after Wyden obtained a “damning” CIA report on cybersecurity failures that led to “the largest data loss in CIA history” after a CIA employee stole “at least 180 gigabytes” of information and then provided that to WikiLeaks.
Fausto Oliveira, Principal Security Architect at Acceptto, a Portland, Oregon-based provider of Continuous Behavioral Authentication, says, “Senator Ron Wyden is correct in asking why what amounts to standard security practices in the industry are not being adopted by the CIA. Afterall, they are in the business of acquiring intelligence often through cyber offensive methods and are technically aware of how to exploit vulnerable systems, such as those that are not protected by Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).”
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