Pentagon not using Host-Based Security System to protect from leaks

      The Department of Defense has spent millions of dollars on software to protect itself from employees who are apt to leak data - software that apparently using, according to NextGov.

      NextGov reports that the Pentagon acquired a platform called the Host-Based Security System, which is developed by software giant McAfee, in 2010. Its aim is to stop the use of external hardware, like USB drives, from being used on DoD computers.

      However, a former National Security Agency employee who left the organization last year tells NextGov that by the time he left, the HBSS had not yet been implemented.

      The security measures were put in place to prevent the kind of information removal and distribution that both Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden prominently have done in the past few years.