NSA to Axe 90 Percent of System Administrators, Adopt Automation Instead
August 9, 2013 12:27 PM
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It's to limit the access of human eyes to private data
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) said it will get rid of a majority of its system administrators in favor of automation.
Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, said that the agency will cut 90 percent of its system administrators and put automation in their place. The reason behind the new move is to improve security and make networks faster.
"What we're in the process of doing - not fast enough - is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," said Alexander. "What we've done is we've put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing."
There are around 1,000 system administrators who help operate the agency's networks. But having people run these networks has proved to be troublesome for the NSA after former system administrator Edward Snowden told the press about classified NSA information -- such as spy programs on U.S. and foreign citizens
through telephone records and email
The NSA said that automation was an idea presented before the Snowden fiasco, but now that that has happened, it's working hard to roll it out and eliminate human workers that could snitch about private surveillance programs.
"At the end of the day it's about people and trust," said Alexander. "No one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies. There were no mistakes like that at all."
Just last month, it was announced that NSA programs would
be partially declassified
and available to the public as a result of Snowden's information leaks. U.S. spy agencies are declassifying documents that shed light on surveillance programs as well as those that will reveal information about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
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RE: 900 admins losing thier jobs wont talk
8/10/2013 3:17:41 PM
That was YOU? Damn dude, I had to break out the high level excuses for that fiasco. Good thing I blamed it all on you ;)
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