Berto Jongman: NSA Releases “Open” Software – 20 Years Late…

Ethics, Government, Military, Software
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NSA Releases First in Series of Software Products to Open Source Community

New technology automates high-volume data flows

The National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. For example, commercial enterprises could use it to quickly control, manage, and analyze the flow of information from geographically dispersed sites – creating comprehensive situational awareness.

Phi Beta Iota: NSA betrayed the public trust when it refused Presidential direction in the 1990’s to secure US banking and commercial communications, and chose instead to gut national security for its own convenience. NSA should be broken up into three parts and disbanded: Signals Intelligence should become an Office within the new Classified Intelligence Agency (CIA). Computational Mathematics should become a new open multinational center. Cyber-Command should be shut down at the same time that the new Open Source Agency (OSA) ramps open source everything (cloud, data, hardware, software, spectrum, standards, etc.) up to industrial-strength production — totally open, totally multinational, totally defensive. The future of C4I (C5ISR to some) lies  with open source — affordable, interoperable, and scalable.

See Also:

NATO M4IS2 @ Phi Beta Iota

NSA @ Phi Beta Iota

Open Source @ Phi Beta Iota