Agencies encrypt less than third of laptops

Federal agencies are encrypting sensitive data on only 30 percent of their laptop PCs and other devices, leaving the rest vulnerable to data loss and unauthorized release, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Although federal law does not specifically address the use of encryption to protect data, the Office of Management and Budget issued a policy in 2006 recommending its use, and in 2007 OMB required agencies to use encryption on computers and devices that carry sensitive data.

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