Prompted by “U.S. Treasury Hacking Vulnerability Shows Need For Overhaul Of U.S. Government’s Security Model”: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/us-treasury-vulnerability-security-overhaul,29670.html
Here are a couple of interesting resonances (then flowing into a grand crescendo as the ultimate big picture of humanity expressed within this post — yeah, I do that a lot, but for good reason)…
After the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack, which has been described as the largest data breach in the U.S. government’s history, U.S. agencies need to respond more swiftly to security recommendations from such audits and adopt stronger security models that protect data even after a hack (against which the U.S. government may never become fully immune).
The OPM for instance, didn’t encrypt social security numbers, fingerprints and other sensitive information about its employees, so when the hackers penetrated the network, they could access everything.
That absence of encryption makes the ‘software building’ side of me terribly cringe. I would never build a database that stores credit card information (because I thankfully don’t need to), but if necessary, there can be no doubt about the need to encrypt that information, so a hacker would find no use of it without the encryption key (which would be as highly protected as I can make it).
Computer security is a very serious matter, because the rippling effects of our deeply computerized world can be disastrously ample. The greatest vulnerability is the one naturally generated by the common mindset pitting the burden of security against user convenience. Poor passwords exemplify that risky mindset. Apparently, security experts agree…
Google and other companies have started to move away from the “network defense” model, which doesn’t seem to be as effective as it may have once been, and instead adopted a “zero trust network” model, where each computer is protected from the internal network as well as from the Internet.
Employees would also get only strictly necessary access to confidential information and would use two-factor authentication, which was suggested to the OPM years ago by the OIG and other security companies.
Such an overhaul of the government’s systems could take many years and many billions of dollars, so even if the government decides to drastically strengthen the security of its computer systems, it may not actually get all the funding to do that. However, it could at least prioritize the more important infrastructure such as financial, healthcare and military institutions.
I know where they can find billions of dollars. It’s called the demonstrably failed and seriously destructive war on [some] drugs (a fact that mainstream society intolerably shamefully refuses to responsibly leverage to challenge their own ironic and obviously fallacious conventional wisdom on the subject) — just sayin’.
The government could also start living by a “least stored data” principle, where it only stores strictly necessary data for its purposes, but not more than that.
However, the U.S. government seems to have been going in the opposite direction lately with a “collect it all” principle of gathering all available data about everyone. This only ends up making U.S. data centers a more appealing target, either to other rival governments or criminal organizations, which could use the stored information to hack into other government systems or blackmail people.
Storing as little data about its citizens as possible combined with an “encrypt everything” attitude could at least drastically decrease the damage from such data breaches.
I wholeheartedly agree with the ‘minimal data, maximum encryption’ solution, but “strictly necessary data for its purposes” crashes upon itself.
The government finds all data strictly necessary for storage, because then they have the means to tap that grand informational well upon dealing with their perceived nationally internal threats (e.g. surprise criminals, etc.)
You see, folks. If you look at the massive construct of law and scratch your head over the result, I logically assume that’s because you think the government serves (or should serve) the people.
The unspoken (and publicly conflicting) primary goal of our nation is actually to uphold the oligarchy (which, to use a lengthy parenthetical for dramatic effect, basically is the blend between powerful private and public sector forces forming actual governing power — there’s no sector line in power, because they all interact with each other to leverage power to better secure their power — such securing being highly tumultuous and self-focusing with whatever residual effects upon the masses that occurs — so no actual leadership to serve and protect the public). Of course, that ‘selfish focus against leadership’ is extreme, and I believe there are powerful people honorably operating within that power turmoil for public benefit (though I can’t prove it).
Our Founding Fathers, at least based upon popularly written documents (e.g. Constitution), wanted the people to govern our nation to prevent abusive law.
However, ‘blue’ and ‘red’ elitists battle it out (often on the battlefield known as legal precedence with seriously rippling damage against our fundamental and supposedly unalienable rights), while the proudly presented ‘powerless folks have power too’ methodology is effectively pathetically been reduced to a “patriotic” mass sedative to prevent the big secret from becoming publicly understood throughout posterity… When those “powerless” people sufficiently organize themselves (e.g. tens of millions of people united by a sharp and well-orchestrated focus), no government and/or private sector entity (i.e. no oligarchy) can successfully withstand their (sometimes our) demands — critically noting the one thing that most-scares the people in power (to even perhaps a horrible degree against public safety) is the fear of losing their power.
That “secret” aside, “We the excessively ‘sheeple'” (sometimes patriotically called “We the people”) are the greatest hindrance to sound leadership, because of the outright absence of accountability. As the public at large, we’ve been severely manipulated into thinking certain drug users (or other generally perceived as bad folks — e.g. bad “leaders”) are primarily responsible for national deterioration, but that’s frankly just terrible mass denial (part of that accountability absence) requiring proper intervention for public safety.
The result is terribly obvious to “non-sheeple”, but turning “sheeple” into dutiful citizens with an ever-watchful eye (reverse big brother) towards selfish oligarchical behavior runs into another crash. “Sheeple” (by their definition) will never subscribe to that duty, without oppression reaching a critical mass undeniably forcing the public to put their “normal” lives on hold and join the necessary revolution.
Civility demands that revolution be avoided without accepting that oppression — and that we stop demeaning people as “sheeple” (there’s really nothing wrong with being a, um, “sheerpson”, while that absence of focus doesn’t form bad action/policy/law).
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