Monday, October 10, 2011

White House issues executive order to plug future WikiLeaks

The White House issued an executive order Friday that revamps the policy and procedures for handling classified information in an effort to prevent future WikiLeaks incidents.

Infosecurity.Com - Under the executive order, which caps a seven-month government information security review, agencies were directed to designate a senior official to oversee classified information sharing and protection, implement an insider threat detection and prevention program, and perform self-assessments of compliance with information policy and standards.

The White House directive creates a senior information sharing and safeguarding steering committee that will have responsibility for coordinating federal agency information security efforts and tracking agency implementation of policy and standards. In addition, a classified information sharing and safeguarding office will be established within the US government’s Program Office of the Information Sharing Environment to focus on protecting classified national security information.       More