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The Price of Secrecy – it is not free

June 28, 2010

Secrecy, it turns out, isn’t free. The government and industry spent nearly $10 billion last year to keep government secrets secret, according to the Information Security Oversight Office.

Nearly half of the 2009 costs went to securing the computer networks that store classified information. The cost of physically securing sensitive information, managing the data, and paying people to handle it each cost more than $1 billion.

The true spending on secrecy is likely much higher than $10 billion.

The reason: The amount they spend on classifying data is classified.

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