Hello My Friends:
I was reading an article on how our beloved government is intending to enter the fray against cyber security malefactors, read that cyber criminals, who have made a lifetime of hacking into our government and business computer systems. Their main purpose, of course, is to use viruses and assorted malware to intrude on your computer systems.
Of course the problem with those people is the damage they intentionally do in the computer system as well as web sites in general. Viruses and malware make your life so much more difficult. Even if these people don’t do specific damage within the cyber system, they show others how and those people are intent on damage for whatever reasons. Sometimes anger at a particular business or type of business and sometimes simply a nihilistic personality.
Our Government’s Hope to Abolish Cyber Security Intruders!
We are going to have a new government agency taking over the process of performing background checks of existing and potential government employees. They are going to create a brave and courageous band of cyber security warriors.
Yes, that’s right! We are going to end computer viruses and malware by building a new federal agency that will perform background checks to eliminate all the cyber criminals.
Think back a number of months and we all heard how the Office of Personnel management (OPM) had its files hacked and lots of personal information stolen from something like twenty-two million past and current federal employees. I also remember how this example of government ineptitude cost the Director’s job.
Anyway, OPM’s press secretary told the New York Times that they needed to utilize a large and trained cyber security work force and have them protect against and even respond to cyber criminals.
Cyber Security Specialists are going to leap up on the wall and endanger all the Malware and Viruses!
Hurrah for cyber security warriors.
Right! Kind of makes your hair all wavy, doesn’t it.
We all know now that all the cyber criminals are worried to no end.
The new agency will be called the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). These cyber warriors are going to run background checks for the Department of Defense (DOD) and are going to design and build the new agency’s information technology and computer security systems to accomplish that feat.
The Federal News Radio reported that it will also operate the data storage and security of the new system. We understand that the NBIB and its healthy staff will work within the Office of Personnel Management. We are going to have a Presidential appointee to run it. It seems to be a bit unclear exactly when the new agency will actually begin, but work on the project is sure to begin sometime this year. Or so.
You probably remember how President Obama ordered a 90 day review of government’s information security policies and practices. That was in July. Most of us were thrilled at the prospect that the global problem of virus protection being solved.
Anyway, he is asking for an additional $95 million to pay for the new agency.
You probably also remember how this is the second time he has addressed the problems associated with the government’s background clearance process. After an IT contractor killed twelve people in the Washington Navy Yard office in September of 2013, he called for a complete evaluation of the security screening procedure of contract employees. In March of 2014 the administration announced it had accepted thirteen of the recommendations. These recommendations included a ongoing review of workers and contractors rather than the sporadic checks they were doing. Also they wanted better access to state and local information for federal background checks, and consistent background requirements for federal employees and contractors.
And so now you see all the solutions now available? I don’t either. If you have been waiting for the federal government to solve any of our problems with cyber criminals hacking computer systems, good luck.
Typical governmental much ado about nothing.
Thanks for coming.