"Our efforts to gain access to information are hampered because the Bureau of Consular Affairs is not considered a law enforcement entity for information sharing purposes," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brenda Sprague says.
The leak of 75,000 internal military logs on the Afghanistan war is a major IT security breach, but the fact that the breach - or leak - of such magnitude occurred didn't seem to surprise many. And, two recent reports show why.
"Let's be blunt - because the Internet was initially designed for convenience and reliability, instead of with security as a top priority - we are fighting an uphill battle," says Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
"The idea is over the next year to really build this up into a much more robust program than what OMB" - which is very lightly staffed - "been able to do," says Bruce McConnell, counselor to DHS's deputy undersecretary.
"As agencies make use of Web 2.0 technologies, they face persistent, sophisticated threats targeting their own information as well as the personal information of individuals interacting with them," GAO's Gregory Wilshusen tells Congress.