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Carter: Pentagon must do more to find insider cyber threats

File-This March 6, 2015, file photo shows Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon.  Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department. While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

File-This March 6, 2015, file photo shows Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon. Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department. While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon is still not where it needs to be in its ability to detect insider threats to its computer networks, nearly two years after former National Security Agency systems administrator Edward Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance to reporters.

Carter was speaking to students at Stanford University, where he was unveiling the Pentagon’s new cybersecurity strategy. In response to a question, he said the Snowden incident illustrates that the insider threat can be more dangerous than cyberthreats from outside antagonists.

He says the Defense Department has taken steps to better track what employees are doing online, detect suspicious behavior and prevent people from stealing data, but more needs to be done.

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