[ISN] Secretary of Defense Cohen establishes reserve component web security cell

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Date: Sat Feb 27 1999 - 00:03:16 PST

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    Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has approved the creation of a
    22-member Reserve component team to monitor and evaluate Department of
    Defense Web sites to ensure the sites do not compromise national security
    by revealing sensitive defense information. The team, called the Joint Web
    Risk Assessment Cell (JWRAC), will be comprised of two full-time
    Reservists and 20 drilling Reserve and National Guard personnel. The
    Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will start up the cell on March
    1, 1999.
    "Technology has extended America's reach around the world, and it has
    extended the reach of those who seek to threaten Americans at home," Cohen
    said. "In joining this new mission area for the Reserve and Guard, the
    JWRAC will help us defend against those who would turn our technological
    superiority against us."
    The JWRAC will scour Defense Web sites for information and trends of data
    that could be used to breach security or pose a threat to Defense
    operations and personnel. In addition, team members will evaluate Web site
    content to ensure compliance with departmental policies, procedures and
    best practices.
    The new organization is a result of a Sep. 24, 1998 directive from John J.
    Hamre, deputy secretary of Defense, to Charles L. Cragin, acting assistant
    secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, and Gen. Henry H. Shelton,
    chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hamre directed that they jointly
    develop a plan that uses Reserve forces personnel to conduct operations
    security and threat assessments of DefenseLINK and other official military
    Web sites.
    "This initiative represents both a new model and a Total Force solution
    for managing operations security in an environment of rapidly changing
    technology," Dr. Hamre said. "It is essential that each of the military
    components and agencies get on board so that we can expedite the
    implementation of JWRAC and help it fulfill its important mission."
    Six Reserve component Services will staff the cell, with a full-time
    officer and enlisted member rotating among the military Reserve components
    on an equitable basis. The 20 drilling Reserve component positions will be
    comprised as follows: Army National Guard, five officers, three enlisted;
    Army Reserve, three officers, two enlisted; Naval Reserve, two officers;
    Marine Corps Reserve, one officer; Air National Guard, two officers, one
    enlisted; and Air Force Reserve, one enlisted.
    "With the battlefields of tomorrow moving increasingly into cyberspace,
    this is a significant advancement in our efforts to assess risks and
    reduce our exposure to cyberterrorism," Cragin said. "The Reserve and
    National Guard are ideally suited for this task, because they have a large
    pool of talented personnel who in their civilian careers are highly adept
    at using computer systems and information technology."
    The military services will recruit personnel for the JWRAC who have a
    broad range of combat and non-combat specialties, in addition to high-tech
    civilian skills. The two full-time staff will provide day-to-day
    administrative support, perform operational scheduling and ensure that
    training and technical proficiency is maintained. The JWRAC will be
    co-located with DISA.
    For more information, call Lt. Col. Terry Jones at the Office of the
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, (703) 695-3620, or
    visit the Reserve Affairs website at http://raweb.osd.mil.
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