IDF gets set to lock the data barn

The army plans to install new safeguards to prevent soldiers like Anat Kamm from copying information.

April 8, 2010 22:37
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The army will install new safeguards on its computer networks in the coming months, to prevent the copying of sensitive information by soldiers like Anat Kamm.

The system, developed by the IDF’s Information Security Unit, will track every document classified as top secret, whom it is sent to, who printed it and who burned it onto a CD.

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The new system will not allow a top-secret document, for example, to be transferred to someone who does not have security clearance to view such documents.

While officers said on Thursday that the installation of the system was not a result of Kamm’s alleged espionage, they did say that over the past year the IDF has tightened its regulations for copying classified information from the military computer network.

Other steps taken by the IDF have included thorough background checks of soldiers serving in sensitive posts and the cataloging of every soldier according to his or her level of clearance. In addition, if a disk-on-key data storage device is attached to an IDF computer, it will immediately set off an alarm at the Information Security Unit, alerting soldiers there of a possible infiltration.

Kamm, who was an assistant to then-OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh’s bureau chief during her IDF service, was exposed to classified and sensitive military, and over what appears to be a year, she allegedly copied the documents into a folder she had created on a computer in the office, and then burned it onto a CD during her last week of service.

The other personnel in the office, including the computer technicians who assisted her in burning the CD, did not suspect anything since Kamm regularly burned files onto CDs for Naveh.

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