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NSA chief suggests replacing humans with machines to stop future Snowdens

Friday, 9 August 2013 - 5:27pm IST | Place: Washington, DC | Agency: ANI
The report said that NSA employs or contracts with about 1,000 system administrators and NSA director said that the new technology replacing administrators will make computer networks 'more defensible and more secure'.

National Security Agency (NSA) director has come up with a way to prevent leaks in future about the US surveillance programs by replacing nearly all of its system administrators with machines.

In light of the major crisis the NSA faces with former contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about the agency’s crucial surveillance programs, director Gen Keith B Alexander said that intelligence agencies plan to reduce by 90% the number of people in the system administrator position, Huffington Post reports.

The report said that NSA employs or contracts with about 1,000 system administrators and Alexander said that the new technology replacing administrators will make computer networks ‘more defensible and more secure’.

Alexander said that intelligence agencies are now requiring system administrators to follow the so-called ‘two-man rule’ or having someone with them when they access sensitive data.

He further said that the agency trusts people with data but when the people who have access to important data misuse the trust, they can cause huge damage.

The report added that earlier Alexander had announced end to the use of thumb drives in the organization for data transfer as it opened up the system to more external threat.


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