Edward Snowden is a name that resonates with our country as greatly as George Washington or Kim Kardashian. In 2013, the former NSA subcontractor collected and leaked top-secret documents concerning the agency’s surveillance practices. Evading US violations and legal charges, Snowden fled to Russia where he has remained for the last 3 years. The problem, now, is how do we fix things? Does the country find a better way to store and secure classified information, or should they stop spying on its citizens in the first place?
The answers to the question of potential solutions is different based on the reader’s views of the situation. While some condemn him as a criminal for exposing national secrets, others hail him as a hero for shedding light on the NSA’s spying. Stronger encryption prevents outside hackers from gaining information as it travels across the web from one person to another, but what protective measures does the country need to take now in order to protect from internal hackers like Snowden? Resources suggest that implementing security controls such as policies that block data transmission to and from USB ports and file integrity monitoring will discourage potential inside threats.
Regardless of when the later is implemented, there is still the discussion of what to do about confidential documents that have already been released. In the following posts, we will discuss, in depth, solutions to both sides of the problem.