If you think you might need a security clearance someday, be careful what you post on Facebook. Those in charge of the clearance process are now authorized to review publicly available social media information in addition to the information they have historically collected.
The U.S. intelligence community collected data on more than 96,000 "targets" last year under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Security Act, or FISA, according to the annual transparency report released Monday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Beginning in late April, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will make individuals pay all fees for submitting mandatory declassification review requests – and the fees are substantial in comparison to those charged by the Defense and State Department.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a House panel last week that the current cyberthreat environment is "quite daunting." The U.S. intelligence community is tasked with collecting and analyzing threats in the cyber domain and sharing that information with those directly involved in planning attacks or bolstering defense.
The United States and China reached a landmark agreement in September 2015 aimed at preventing state-sponsored cyber intrusions, but that wasn't enough to keep China off of the U.S. intelligence community's annual worldwide threat assessment report to Congress.
For the last three years, the Director of National Intelligence has ranked "cyber" the number-one threat to national security, said DNI James Clapper during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy Jan. 29.
In letters to senior members of the Obama administration, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the president's cybersecurity strategy and argued for the use of sanctions against the Chinese government.
Officials from the Defense Department and Intelligence community said they aren't confident a broad agreement on cybersecurity signed by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be a successful deterrence measure in cyberspace.
The contest, called the Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments, sought technology that could accurately and automatically transcribe speech that was recorded in "noisy and reverberant environments."
Federal agencies will have to process security clearance checks by hand until the Office of Personnel Management's digital system is back up and running, says a July 2 email statement from OPM.