The CIA has signed a cloud computing deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) worth $600 million (?396 million) over ten years, according to reports. Sources close to the deal told FCW that AWS will help the American foreign intelligence agency build a private cloud infrastructure to help it keep pace with new technologies in a cost effective manner. In the past, the CIA’s cloud strategy had focused on a number of smaller, highly specialised private clouds. FCW said that, while the full scope of the CIA’s current contract with AWS is not clear (particularly as both organisations have refused to confirm or deny its existence), it is likely to provide a public cloud environment inside the secure firewalls of the intelligence community. This is not the first indication of the CIA is moving towards a commodity cloud approach, nor is it the first time Amazon has been mentioned with reference to the secretive agency.
In February 2012, Ira ‘Gus’ Hunt, CTO for the CIO at the CIA, told an industry conference the agency was moving towards a pay-as-you-go metered model for software services, rather than all-you-can-eat enterprise licensing agreements. Additionally, Jeanne Tisinger, CIO of the CIA, allegedly told the audience the agency was working “with companies like Amazon”.
A source with a background in UK intelligence who wished to remain anonymous, told Cloud Pro: "There has been a lot of talk about establishing an intelligence cloud. Most of GCHQ's 5,000 staff are based at its Gloucestershire site, the same size as Wembley Stadium, in a building often referred to as the doughnut.The body works with the security services known as MI5, as portrayed in the BBC show Spooks, and MI6 (think James Bond) to protect the UK's national security interests.
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Top Secret sites: one of the world's biggest spy bases is located in the middle of Australia at Pine Gap, NT. AUSTRALIA's most secret sites are hidden well away from prying eyes, usually far from major population areas. Top Secret sites: one of the world's biggest spy bases is located in the middle of central Australia at Pine Gap, NT. As Australian and British foreign and defence officials meet in Perth today to discuss stronger military ties, here's our virtual tour of Australia's most secret military and government sites.
ASIO, ACT (spy agency HQ) The new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation HQ in Canberra will house Australia's national security service, responsible for protecting us from espionage, sabotage, attacks on the Australian defence system and terrorism. Top secret sites: Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, the base of the Australian Special Air Service.
Campbell Barracks, WA (SAS HQ) Located in suburban Perth, the low-key army base in Swanbourne, has been the base of the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) since the Regiment was established in 1957. Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (detention centre) Home to 1500 Australian citizens, mostly of Chinese ethnicity, Christmas Island was a thriving phosphate producer before transfer to Australian sovereignty in 1957. Top Secret sites: Australian Defence Satellite Communications Ground Station at Kojarena, WA. Kojarena, WA (defence satellite station) The Australian Defence Satellite Communications Ground Station is located at Kojarena, 30 km east of Geraldton. Maralinga, SA (nuclear test site) The ancient home of the Maralinga Tjarutja indigenous people, Maralinga was the site of seven secret British nuclear tests in the 1950s, with four fission bomb tests followed by three tests of triggering mechanisms. Nauru, Pacific Ocean (detention centre) Originally opened in 2001 to take people rescued by the MV Tampa, the detention centre on the tiny island of Nauru was built to house 1200 asylum seekers in return for a pledge of $30m in development funds.
Nurrungar, SA (ballistic missile control) Located on the edge of Island Lagoon, approximately 15 km south of Woomera, Nurrungar was run by the ADF and the US Air Force from 1969 to 1999. Pine Gap, NT (US listening post) Probably the best known secret installation in Australia, Pine Gap near Alice Springs is one of the biggest ECHELON signals intelligence facilities in the world, with an estimated 1000 employees.

Swan Island, VIC (special forces) The Department of Defence does not discuss what goes on at Swan Island, and information on the facility is not found on any government website. Scherger, QLD (detention centre) Villawood and Darwin are well known immigration detention centres, but did you know that up to 600 asylum seekers at any one time are housed at a facility at RAAF Scherger in Far North Queensland? Symonston, ACT (government panic room) Protected by heavy gates, security fences and an array of CCTV cameras on a nondescript Canberra industrial estate, the main purpose of the classified facility at Symonston is believed to be to provide an alternative communications facility for the Australian government. Top Secret sites: fast jets and visiting bombers are housed at RAAF Tindal, near Katherine, NT.
Tindal, NT (fast jets, stealth bombers) Located near Katherine in the NT, RAAF Tindal houses the RAAF's fast jets outside the cyclone zone at a site easy to defend against external attack. Woomera, SA (weapons tests, drones) The Woomera Test Range in South Australia is a large weapons testing range operated by the RAAF, 500km northwest of Adelaide.
Top Secret sites: British stealth drone bomber Taranis, undergoing testing in the Australian outback in early-2013.
Woomera is the most likely test site for new British stealth drone Taranis, which will be conducting outback test flights in early 2013.
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However, it is suspected this did not bring the economies of scale found with commodity cloud services. This, the publication claims, would negate concerns of classified data being hosted in a public environment. Not even a well-resourced organisation like the CIA could [build a cloud] for themselves, we have moved beyond that point.
We are not allowed to give his full name for security reasons.What exactly do you do for the government?This is all about information, secretive information. We're in an environment where the person at home will have a computer and will have a smartphone.
ASIO officers have similar powers to the UK's Security Service (M15), and do not carry guns.
Most training takes place at Bindoon army base, northeast of Perth, which includes live-fire ranges, training areas and an SAS mock-up area with 'embassy' building and sniper towers, but is impossible to find on Google Maps.
Since the MV Tampa controversy in 2001, the island has been the primary goal of asylum seekers attempting to enter Australia. It is operated by the ADF Defence Signals Division, and houses five radomes and eight satellite antennas linked to a worldwide satellite communication signals interception system that is mainly operated by the US and UK. Closed by Kevin Rudd in December 2007, the camp was reopened by the Gillard government in August 2012 to process record numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat. Holt is located 6km north of Exmouth, which was built to provide support to the base and house dependent families of US Navy personnel.

It provided early detection of missile launches and nuclear detonations via US satellites in geostationary orbits. A former US National Security employee who worked at Pine Gap has claimed that the facility is run by the CIA.
It is believed that Australia's Special Forces carry out counter terrorism training here on a base shared with the Secret Intelligence Service.
One of three 'bare bases' in the tropics run by skeleton crews, Scherger is set up to house 1400 personnel and 40 aircraft if Australia ever gets into a shooting war with one of our northern neighbours. A key launching point for the Australian-led intervention in East Timor in 1999, the base is also rumoured to host US stealth spy planes. A prohibited area off-limits to the public, the range was set up by Britain and Australia in 1946 and was the site for seven nuclear tests between 1955 and 1963 as well as tests for a wide range of conventional weapons before the Australian-Anglo joint project ended in 1980. It explains that if you do not provide us with information we have requested from you, we may not be able to provide you with the goods and services you require.
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Native title was handed back to the traditional owners in January 1987 and efforts were made to clean up the site before resettling the land in 1995.
The base provides very low frequency (VLF) radio transmission to US and Royal Australian Navy ships and submarines in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and is the most powerful transmission station in the Southern Hemisphere. Pine Gap controls American spy satellites as they fly over China, North Korea, Afghanistan and the Middle East. After a long period when it was effectively abandoned, the range is currently used for ADF trials and leased to foreign militaries. It also explains how you can access or seek correction of your personal information, how you can complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how we will deal with a complaint of that nature.
We're also talking about where the people under attack are not the soldiers in uniform in Afghanistan but instead people sat at home on their PC.How many cyber threats do you deal with that the public never hears about? It's about making sure government networks, government systems, systems of UK importance are secure against this type of attack.
They're going to be the sort of systems that hold government data.Where do most of the threats the UK faces come from: individuals, groups of foreign countries? From low-level day to day activities like going to the shops, to paying for things on your credit card, that's done over the internet.
It's become such an integral part of what we do that if it were suddenly removed that would be quite a massive impact.What's your average day like?Like any job there'll be a fair amount of sitting behind a computer.
Personally I've been lucky enough to never have been sent to Afghanistan but that's not to say GCHQ staff aren't there at the moment.What should the public do if they are interested in working for GCHQ?GCHQ will take a look at anyone that they think is good enough.

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