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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors 180

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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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:30AM (#46173343)

    It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: Slashdot is dying.

            One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Slashdot community when IDC confirmed that Slashdot page views has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all websites. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Slashdot has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Slashdot is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by the stupid fucking beta website and the wholesale discard of user feedback.

            You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict Slashdot's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Slashdot faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Slashdot because Slashdot is dying. Things are looking very bad for Slashdot. As many of us are already aware, Slashdot continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

            Slashdot Beta is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core users. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time Slashdot users Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Slashdot is dying.

            All major surveys show that Slashdot has steadily declined in market share. Slashdot is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Slashdot is to survive at all it will be among S&M enthusiasts. Slashdot continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Slashdot is dead.

    That crippling bombshell sent Slashdot fans into a tailspin of mourning and denial. However, bad news poured in like a river of water.

    Fuck the beta.

  • by Rosco P. Coltrane ( 209368 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:40AM (#46173457)

    Glad that people are starting to come around to this conclusions, and away from the hero that the self-centered libertarian narcissist precious snowflake that infests Slashdot thinks of him as.

    Did you know Snowden doesn't like Beta? How do you feel about him now, huh?

  • by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:42AM (#46173473) Homepage

    He may be a traitor, but atleast he hasn't created beta.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:53AM (#46173601)

    It's Obamadot.

  • by TWiTfan ( 2887093 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:58AM (#46173677)

    I have swallowed my pride and dignity and, against all my best instincts, I have entered the beta. I find myself standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.

  • by TWiTfan ( 2887093 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @11:01AM (#46173695)

    Everyone is talking about the beta. Somewhere, there is a very jealous alpha.

  • by schlouse ( 36695 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @11:11AM (#46173779)

    The mailbox contains a small figurine of some sort. Upon closer inspection, it appears to be constructed of some sort of fossilized wood, depicting a once-popular actress alongside a popular southern state hot grain product.

  • by RDW ( 41497 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @11:18AM (#46173857)

    In an earlier Snowden story, it was revealed that:

    "British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) reportedly used spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot pages to compromise the computers of network engineers working for global roaming exchange providers based in Europe." []

    Is it possible that all of us, right now, are logged into a spoofed page that has replaced the real Slashdot for reasons known only to GCHQ and the NSA? 'Beta' is probably the final stage in whatever sinister plot they have planned for us. Incredible, I know, but is it any less likely than the alternative, that a job search site none of us had ever heard of would buy Geeknet for $20 million, and then proceed to trash its properties by a series of bizarre decisions like setting up SlashBI (beware the tumbleweed!) and inflicting Beta on its loyal readers? Just how far does this conspiracy go?

You will never amount to much. -- Munich Schoolmaster, to Albert Einstein, age 10