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The NSA: Just One Threat to Supply Chain Security

Yes, the NSA is watching you eat, sleep, and sing the theme song to Gilmore Girls, but the reality is that there are all sorts of threats to the supply chain right now, and your love of Gilmore Girls is only one of those threats. Bruce Gain writes an article for EBN about how much there really is to despair about as a result of NSA spying. He says that according to recent reports and discussions in Europe, the truth is that spying on allies is common in the western world, and France and Germany are not necessarily as aghast at the NSA as might be expected. In fact, according to Gain, France routinely attempts to capture and store the vast majority of all digital communications sent within its borders.

It is the NSA that received all the press though, and so it is the US that suffers for it. The supply chain damage arrives in the form of lost trust in US technology firms, as the Cloud Security Alliance reports that “56 percent of non-US residents were less likely to use US-based cloud providers” following the NSA leak. It seems that bad press is the real enemy harming business, though the NSA and other hackers prying into your information is still a legitimate concern. Get heavy on the encryption and keep your most critical data sharing off electronic devices altogether to make the best effort to stay safe.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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