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Marines tighten security against insider threats

Feb. 20, 2014 - 04:39PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The U.S. Marine Corps is beefing up cyberdefenses against insider threats. The Insider Threat Program, at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, is designed to protect networks and classified information from leaks.

"The MCIA InTP is designed to deter, detect, and mitigate insider threats, including the safeguarding of classified information from exploitation, compromise, or other unauthorized disclosure," reads a Marine request for information on creating an acquisition strategy for technical, cyber and security support for the program.

Contractors will have to ensure audit monitoring, Host-Based Security System (HBSS), content filtering technologies, antivirus solutions, whitelisting technology, vulnerability scanning and assessment products, and security log correlation management. The eventual contract is estimated at $25.5 million.

The program is meant to comply with White House Executive Order 13587, issued in 2011, which mandated structural reforms to better protect classified networks. The insider threat issue has been spotlighted by the insider leaks last year from NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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