White House Issues ‘WikiLeaks’ Order to Secure Classified Data

Wired, By Kim Zetter, October 7, 2011

More than a year after thousands of classified and sensitive U.S. government documents were leaked to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks, the White House has issued an executive order designed to improve the security of classified networks and prevent further leaks. The so-called “WikiLeaks Order” (.pdf) was issued by President Obama on Friday and largely focuses on establishing committees, offices and task forces to work on implementing a balance between the needs of federal agencies to access classified data and the necessity of securing that data against improper usage and leaks. To the latter end, the order requires federal agencies to have built-in auditing systems to monitor access to data. It also establishes an interagency Insider Threat Task Force, led by the attorney general and the director of national intelligence, to establish policies and evaluate the efforts by agencies to spot and deal with discontented personnel who may be at risk of leaking classified information. The order also calls for minimum standards to be developed for securing information and systems. A steering committee will oversee the implementation of the orders and will be chaired by senior representatives of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Security Staff, but the secretary of defense and the director of the National Security Agency will be responsible for developing technical safeguards to protect classified information on networks. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/white-house-wikileaks-order/

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