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ODNI Begins Anti-Data Theft Campaign; Bill Evanina Comments

mobile securityThe Office of the Director of National Intelligence has kicked off a governmentwide counterintelligence campaign to prevent data breach in federal information technology systems, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jared Serbu writes the campaign begins with a multimedia-based information dissemination on the hazards of spear phishing attacks.

Bill Evanina, ODNI’s national counterintelligence executive, told a conference in Washington that the initiative is set to extend its scope through social media over the next four months in order to protect federal employees’ data when abroad, according to the report.

ODNI also calls on the private sector to adopt campaign materials the office will produce, the station reports.

“In 91 percent of the breaches we’ve seen in the government and private sector over the last several years, the attacks emanated from spear phishing,” Evanina told the conference.

“As an intelligence official, what that means to me is that our adversaries do not need to use sophisticated techniques to compromise our systems and our people. It’s one email,” he said.

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