US agencies moving slowly to tighten data security, despite major leaks

October 24, 2013 00:41

WASHINGTON - Despite saying they suffered major damage from classified documents made public by an Army soldier and a National Security Agency contractor, US government agencies have fallen behind in installing computer software to stop such leaks, US officials say.

Following the disclosure to the WikiLeaks website of hundreds of thousands of sensitive State Department cables and other documents by Army Private Bradley Manning, the White House in 2010 ordered US spy agencies to install programs capable of blocking "insider threats."

Congress wrote the requirement into law in 2011.

But the intelligence agencies have already missed an Oct. 1 deadline for having the software fully in use, and are warning of further delays.

Officials responsible for tightening data security say insider threat-detection software, which logs events such as unusually large downloads of material or attempts at unauthorized access, is expensive to adopt.

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