The impact that the Snowden revelations had on private businesses is one of the most overlooked stories in the Snowden saga, particularly the impact on technology and Internet communications companies such as Apple, Google, Verizon, and Cisco.  In my opinion, the Snowden revelations impacted businesses’ willingness to work with the ...

Among the least understood and considered elements of the Edward Snowden saga are the details around what his job was and what data he could actually access.  Did Snowden ever access or use Prism data?  Did he understand it and its protections?  Did he have long-term access to the signals ...

Steven Bay was a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton for nine years.  He was working on an NSA contract in Hawaii when he hired Edward Snowden.  You can read more about Bay’s experience with Snowden here. He is currently the Founder and CEO of S.S. Bay Group. The latest allegations against former ...

Steven Bay has held his secrets and his struggles close for nearly four years now. Bay was Edward Snowden’s boss in June of 2013 when Snowden, who joined Bay’s team just two months earlier at a National Security Agency outpost in Hawaii, downloaded and stole terabytes of classified data.  Snowden ...

Distinguishing between whistleblowers who want to point out and fix problems within the intelligence community and employees who want to damage national security will demand increased attention as the insider threat problem grows, experts say. On November 30, contractors who hold facility clearances were required to have a written insider ...

When defense contractor Harold Martin was charged with the alleged theft of highly classified documents from the National Security Agency (NSA), federal prosecutors deemed the potential crime “breathtaking” in scope. The documents were said to date back from 1996, when Martin first got security clearance, to his arrest this year. ...

In the wake of the arrest of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer Aldrich Ames as a spy, then-CIA Chief of Counterintelligence Paul Redmond commented, “There is an actuarial certainty that there are other spies in U.S. national security agencies, and there always will be.”  I recalled that statement when considering ...

President Barack Obama’s decision on Tuesday to commute the sentence of U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning’s sentence is being met with outrage in the military and intelligence communities. Manning, who was born Bradley Manning, leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. The 29-year-old private was sentenced to 35 ...

Edward Epstein began his career as an investigative journalist while he was still a graduate student at Cornell more than a half century ago, taking on the Warren Commission's report on the Kennedy assassination in his book, Inquest.  In the years since, he has afflicted the comfortable—as the saying goes—going ...

Noon on January 20th provides an excellent opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give President-Elect Donald Trump the perfect inauguration gift - Edward Snowden. A reminder: Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, has been living in Russia as a guest of the Government there after he stole and ...

NSA leaker Edward Snowden “has had, and continues to have, contact with Russian intelligence services” since his arrival in Moscow, a declassified report released on Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee alleges. While some of the report, and much of its footnotes, remains heavily redacted, Thursday’s release highlights a number ...

The filing of a criminal complaint by the U.S. government against a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor has once again raised the harrowing possibility that for the second time in three years, an insider has allegedly stolen highly classified and damaging secret information. The FBI secretly arrested Harold T. Martin, ...

Edward Snowden is back in the news.  Oliver Stone's sympathetic and conspiracy-heavy biopic landed in theaters this month.  Meanwhile, a raft of Snowdenistas are leveraging the movie to demand that the President pardon the former National Security Agency contractor. Human motivation is a complex thing, and good and evil compete ...

We still do not know the full Edward Snowden story, and the new Oliver Stone movie about the former NSA contractor makes getting at the truth more difficult. I recognize it’s fictionalized, but for many people – particularly those who consider Snowden a whistleblowing hero who should be pardoned – ...

The Cipher Brief asked our network member Mark Kelton, the former CIA Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence, for his impressions of the new movie “Snowden.” If you have come here for a considered view of the artistic merits of Oliver Stone’s new film, Snowden, you had ...

There are two different types of insider threat: negligent and malicious. Negligent insiders are people who give attackers access by mistake. For example, the employee who clicks on a spear-phishing email and lets hackers into their employer’s networks is a negligent insider. This is a significant problem, but one that ...

The controversial new movie “Snowden,” which is provocative director Oliver Stone’s take on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, was released in the United States on Friday.   The release of the film, along with his recent departure from Booz Allen Hamilton,  prompted Snowden’s former boss to speak out for the first time ...

The man who was Edward Snowden’s boss when the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker fled the United States is now speaking out about his experiences and how to counter insider threats. Steven Bay, who served as Snowden’s boss when he worked as a NSA contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton from ...