In fall 2013, the U.S. National Security Agency quietly began booting up its Utah Data Center, a sprawling 1.5 million-square-foot facility designed to store and analyze the vast amounts of electronic data the spy agency gathers from around the globe. Consisting of four low-slung data halls and a constellation of supporting structures, the facility includes at least 100,000 square feet of the most advanced data reservoirs in the world. The project represents a massive expansion of the NSA’s capabilities and a profound threat to press freedom worldwide.
Effective information security requires understanding the motives and capabilities of those who might want to attack your networks and devices, and developing consistent habits based on those assessments. By taking simple preventative steps, journalists can greatly increase the security of their newsgathering tools.
In news alerts, special reports, protest letters, and more, CPJ has denounced attempts to monitor journalists’ digital communications and stifle the free flow of information on the Internet.