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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors 180

Posted by timothy
from the budget-suddenly-has-room-for-a-shredder dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A new study sheds light on the attitudes of a very exclusive group of IT and security managers — those employed by U.S. defense contractors — at a time when national cybersecurity is under scrutiny. Most indicated that the Edward Snowden incident has changed their companies' cybersecurity practices: their employees now receive more cybersecurity awareness training, some have re-evaluated employee data access privileges, others have implemented stricter hiring practices. While defense contractors seem to have better security practices in place and are more transparent than many companies in the private sector, they are finding the current cyber threat onslaught just as difficult to deal with."
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

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  • Beta Blows (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:29AM (#46173333)

    Scrap it and go back to the drawing board!!!!!

  • by east coast (590680) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:29AM (#46173337)
    I will not give in to the powers-that-be-Dice and put up with a terrible design with no functional gains.

    Boycott the Beta!
  • by sl4shd0rk (755837) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:30AM (#46173345)

    ..All sense of time has deceived me as the day has started out with thick clouds overhead. It is difficult to tell if morning or early afternoon. I've struck my head on something earlier as I collapsed, shortly after waking, and have no idea how long I've been out. An odd fog has rolled in from the north; cold and dank, reeking of stale piss. I wonder if there are others out there.. Afraid and confused.. Shackled to the same fate as I. This godforsaken Beta UI.

  • Re:Boycott (Score:5, Insightful)

    by captchya (3527985) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:31AM (#46173359)
    Fuck Beta
  • by Bearded Frog (1562519) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:31AM (#46173363)
    The best part about Slashdot for me was really the people who visit it. This site has had one of the most intelligent communities around. This is how the site is successful IMO. Really good people massing together behind it. Finding and promoting articles is one thing but the commentary is where it really takes off. Almost every time I view a story what I find more interesting is the story that develops below it. I really don't know of another site where I can attempt to follow a debate about nuclear fusion, and find a debate about Apple only a page apart. This is about to be taken away as the best and brightest around here are going to leave as they are fed up with these beta changes, and Slashdot as a quality site will die. The new site takes away from the comments and the user driven atmosphere and plasters it with pictures and wasted space. This protest may seem futile at first to the bigwigs at the top here, but like I said the best part about this site is the comments. Therefore, if the only comments left are ones complaining about beta, its going to be a very accurate view of the future of Slashdot from here onward if the beta continues.
  • Re:Boycott (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheNastyInThePasty (2382648) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:32AM (#46173379)

    My advice to the peons working on Slashdot: find another job. The veracity with which this "upgrade" is being pushed displays a stubbornness that can only be attributed to MBAs with no idea of what Slashdot is about. The fact that the commenting system is such an afterthought in the Beta is as much evidence as I need that the people pushing this redesign never use this site.

    I know you don't get to decide whether or not the Beta moves forward or which design gets used, but believe this: You WILL be blamed when it fails. You work for a corporation now and the higher ups with undoubtedly throw you under the bus when they have to explain to their bosses or shareholders why the website redesign failed. This failure is going to be associated with you and your teammates and it will set back any hopes you have of being promoted within the company. Take the advice of me and my fellow Slashdotters: Get out now.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:47AM (#46173525)

    This is a person. She wakes up every morning, goes to work, and drinks her share of coffee. She had only so many hours a day to devote to community problems. She's got a boss and corporate leadership who set goals she must fulfill. And she probably has a personal life she'd like to lead too. Maybe even children who are definitely more important to her than the bitchfest going on at /.

    WTF is wrong with you people? It's just a fucking web site.

  • Re:Boycott (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Corbets (169101) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:57AM (#46173647) Homepage

    The veracity with which this "upgrade" is being pushed displays a stubbornness that can only be attributed to MBAs with no idea of what Slashdot is about.

    Right, because nerds have never been known to compulsively obsess over doing things their way regardless of what the user wants. I suggest that your stereotyping doesn't help; focus on the problem, not your hypothetical reasons.

    Also, I'm not sure that "veracity" means what you think it means. But then, I'm a nerd with an MBA, so what do I know?

  • by Kell Bengal (711123) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:58AM (#46173667)
    The problem here is one of a corporation taking a community website and then systematically ignoring that community's input. We've seen it with the moves into business intelligence and the hell-or-highwater drive to beta. While a community website such as Slashdot is valuable to both its users and its owners, the relationship between the company and the community is asymmetrical.

    There is relatively few effective mechanisms available to the community to have its will heard, short of simply leaving and never coming back (which defeats the point). Thus, concerned users are identifying the fulcrums around which this problem is revolving and applying leverage there to attempt to restore some balance between the goals of Dice and its user base.

    While I agree that we should not be hassling private citizens outside their role as an employee, we are certainly at liberty to express our views and have them listened to. We're trying to save Slashdot's profitibilty, and by extension their employment, by ensuring that the website remains one that is attractive to its user base.

    While the designer of the website is on the clock and responsible for the design and deployment of Beta, we are obliged to try to make them see that this is a terrible decision.
  • Holy god the beta (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jonnythan (79727) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:01AM (#46173701) Homepage

    The beta is bad. It's so bad. The comments are reduced in screen width about 50%. Subject lines are deemphasized, scores are minimized, etc.

    The discussions are the reason to come to Slashdot, and the beta trivializes them entirely. It looks like the comment section on a generic news site.

    The comments now look like an afterthought, whereas they used to be the primary focus of the site.

  • Commentors (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:02AM (#46173707)

    Comments and commentors don't generate revenues.

    There's a reason why Digg revamped.

    The Slashdot that you knew and loved is going to disappear. Slashdot doesn't make money. And things will change to make this company worthwhile, otherwise, you'll see the domain name sold off or turned into an online retailer for computer equipment or something.

    Why is Slashdot not making money? Ad based revenue or lack thereof - and all of us with AdBlock. Making money off of ads only works for those selling ads - Facebook and Google for example. And Slashdot doesn't have the user information that Facebook has so pimping user info isn't an option.

    That's just my MBA guess - and it's a guess because I have nothing to do with Slashdot, Dice, VA systems and any other company that has every owned or managed Slashdot; just experience with websites that try to pay the bills with advertisements and partner agreements. Although, there are exceptions: Fark.com.

    tl;dr Bend over and take it because things are gonna change because the way things are don't cut it.

  • by Krneki (1192201) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:11AM (#46173783)

    With great powers comes great responsibilities.

  • by LQ (188043) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:13AM (#46173809)

    The best part about Slashdot for me was really the people who visit it. This site has had one of the most intelligent communities around.

    Exactly. It is not a news site. It is a place where geeky folk discuss techie news items. That's why I've been visiting daily for over 15 years. I'll be sad to see it go. Why does everything turn to shite when the MBAs take over?

  • Re:Boycott (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Trimaxion (2933647) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:13AM (#46173811)

    Plus Fucking Plus!

  • by bjoast (1310293) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:17AM (#46173849)
    A few more points:

    - The user IDs don't even show.
    - The comment date says things like "Yesterday" or "4 hours ago".
    - Beta sucks.
  • by Pav (4298) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:51AM (#46174265)
    That's it really... where would we go? Slashdot isn't the site it's the community. There has been OSS work on federated search, and federated social networking, but a federated discussion site with a decent moderation system would be nice right about now. Is it even a solvable problem?
  • Re:Commentors (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dcollins117 (1267462) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @11:12AM (#46174551)

    Why is Slashdot not making money? Ad based revenue or lack thereof - and all of us with AdBlock.

    I'd consider turning off AdBlock to support Slashdot if the ads were unobtrusive static text. I can't abide flashing, animated ads. They're distracting and they annoy me, so I don't allow them.

  • Indeed... Fuck it. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by denzacar (181829) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @12:12PM (#46175261) Journal

    Fuck beta. Fuck it to infinity and beyond.

  • Re:Boycott (Score:4, Insightful)

    by allo (1728082) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @12:43PM (#46175641)

    No Beta. Just keep the classic version. Who needs this web2.0y thing anyway?!

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