Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis

Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis

An increase of 75% percent in attempts to access classified and proprietary U.S. information was registered during the fiscal year 2011.

The Defense Security Service (DSS) builds his annual publication, "Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis of Reporting from Defense Industry 2012", on the information contained in reports from industry to develop analytical assessments that articulate the threat to U.S. information and technology resident in cleared industry.

In fact, the technologies resident in U.S. cleared industry remain highly sought after and foreign intelligence entities (FIEs) continue to expand their collection networks and activities.
This ongoing theft — FIEs’ pilfering of U.S. technologies from cleared industry — could reduce or even end advantages in military capabilities the United States possesses over potential adversaries, thereby adversely affecting U.S. battlefield dominance and it also could strangle U.S. economic growth, vitiating the nation’s economic health.

During fiscal year 2011, the persistent, pervasive, and insidious nature of that threat became particularly noteworthy, and the pattern became even more firmly established. Foreign collectors seek to elude the protective efforts of industry, DSS, the Intelligence Community, and law enforcement by concealing their activities behind various covers, such as third countries, front companies, and cyber-identities.

Many of the attributes of the entities targeting U.S. technologies remained constant from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2011.
The order of the regions linked to the most prolific collectors of U.S. information and technology remained unchanged from FY10 (es., the East Asia and Pacific region accounted 43 percent of the total in both years, and industry reports of collection attempts originating from South and Central Asia increased by 129 percent, reflecting aggressive collection efforts).
Commercial remained the most common collector affiliation; and the top four most targeted technology categories remained the same (information systems (IS), lasers/optics/sensors (LO&S), aeronautics systems, and electronics).
A modest change in the favored method of operation (MO) occurred, with attempted acquisition of technology becoming the most common MO.

Read the report here:
http://www.dss.mil/documents/ci/2012-unclass-trends.pdf

giovedì 20 dicembre 2012
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