Feeds

MoD 'How to stop leaks' guide leaks

Secret security manual no longer secret

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A Ministry of Defence guide to preventing information leaking into the public domain has leaked into the public domain.

The three volume, 2,300 page book includes information on dealing with investigative journalists, foreign agents and computer hackers as well as how to deal with typical approaches from Chinese and Russian secret services.

The Defence Manual of Security was issued in October 2001 and is marked "Restricted". The three volumes, which appear in their entirety on Wikileaks, cover: protective security, personnel security and IT security.

The section on IT security warns: "The main threat to the compromise of protectively marked information on IT systems comes from authorized users who may, for whatever motive, disrupt the system or gain access to protectively marked information which they have no 'need to know'.

"There is also a threat from FIS [foreign intelligence services], which are likely to try to exploit any security weakness of which they become aware."

The manual also refers to Tempest certified equipment - hardware which is cleared for dealing with the most sensitive information.

The guide also explains the difference between threats from Chinese and Russian intelligence services: "Chinese intelligence activity is very different to the portrayal of `Moscow Rules' in the novels of John Le Carre."

The Chinese have "a voracious appetite for all kinds of information: political, military, commercial, scientific and technical".

Companies which employ local staff are warned that Chinese security services are likely to have briefed them and told them to copy all documents they have access to.

Wikileaks was last in the headlines for posting a copy of the UK's postcode directory.

There's more on the manual here. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.