nsa

open source game
Nothing To Hide is an "anti-stealth game," in which you must carry cameras and spy gear to live in a world of self-surveillance and self-censorship. A world where you're made to be your own watchdog. Released for The Day We Fight Back, the game is now seeking crowdfunding to complete the open... Read more
1 comment Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
open source control not desirable
I attended the NSA Open Source Industry Day in Maryland this year and thought I'd summarize what did and didn't surprise me. We'll see if these observations prove controversial or helpful! More importantly we'll see if organizations can effectively manage, govern, and secure their applications... Read more
4 comments Posted 23 Sep 2013 by Mark Troester Feed
cloud services and providers
When Edward Snowden leaked intelligence files, a storm was triggered in the cloud, leaving a path of destruction. Snowden’s email provider Lavabit shut down. So has the email offering of Silent Circle. The Guardian ran a story declaring: Lavabit’s closure marks the death of secure cloud computing... Read more
4 comments Posted 16 Aug 2013 by Georg C. F. Greve Feed
To compete or collaborate
In Part I, we discussed the Senate Armed Services Committee (SACS)'s attempt to hobble the open source Accumulo project in the DOD. They directed the Department's CIO to jump through a number of reporting hoops before Accumulo would be allowed inside the DOD, and directed the Accumulo team to... Read more
2 comments Posted 9 Jul 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
The Accumulo challenge, part I
The dozens of software projects launched in the wake of Google's Big Table and Map Reduce papers have changed the way we handle large datasets. Like many organizations, the NSA began experimenting with these "big data" tools and realized that the open source implementations available at the time... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Jun 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
pssst! open source in use here
It is difficult to imagine the Federal government moving in one well-coordinated direction on any matter, and so it has been with the adoption of open source software. Some agencies were early adopters, especially the academic and research communities. As it did in universities, open source... Read more
2 comments Posted 2 May 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
I'm setting up a new computer. I get through the registration screens, install my software, change my wallpaper, and everything's working fine. I'm left, though, with a lingering, uneasy feeling: I don't know if this machine is secure. I'm a computer guy, so I know how to set up strong passwords... Read more
7 comments Posted 21 Sep 2010 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed