Even the NSA has experienced a paper breach!

A former analyst at the National Security Agency (NSA) has been arrested and charged under the Espionage Act with five crimes relating to stealing and disclosing national defence information. If found guilty, the former analyst could face a maximum jail term of 50 years. It is alleged that in 2014 the former NSA analyst printed 36 top secret documents containing highly sensitive information relating to national security. According to the prosecution, the former analyst printed the documents from a “top secret” computer and then leaked the documents to a journalist who is believed to have worked for The Intercept, an online news site.

This “data breach” follows the infamous Edward Snowden affair and the recent Harold Martin incidents, all of which are a major embarrassment for the NSA which is considered one of the most secure and technically sophisticated organizations in the world.

These incidents highlight the fact that even the most security-conscious organizations can overlook the importance of securing and monitoring their print processes and internal authorized users. For this reason, organizations need to consider a zero trust security strategy for all their processes and personnel to mitigate potential vulnerabilities. This should include the ability to monitor activities so that any issues can be identified and addressed quickly.

To assist your customers in protecting their print environment, introduce them to FollowMe®by Ringdale®, the original print security solution which has been recognized by Buyers Lab as outstanding. This industry-leading solution enables organizations to proactively control, block and even watermark sensitive printed content within their classified documents.


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