[ISN] DOD keeps wireless on hold

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Date: Wed Oct 02 2002 - 01:37:38 PDT

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    By Christopher J. Dorobek 
    Oct. 1, 2002
    The Defense Department will continue a moratorium on wireless devices
    in Pentagon-area facilities and networks until "security
    vulnerabilities can be fully assessed" and a wireless design for the
    Pentagon is developed, a new memorandum from DOD officials says.
    The moratorium, which has been in place since July 30, 2001, comes as
    DOD issues a wireless security policy for the Pentagon.
    The policy "establishes a balanced approach for mitigating
    vulnerabilities and security risks while supporting the responsible
    introduction of new technologies into the workplace," the memo says.
    The Sept. 25 memo is signed by John Stenbit, DOD chief information
    officer, and Howard Becker, DOD's acting director of administration
    and management.
    Stenbit and Becker have asked the National Security Agency to develop
    a database of wireless technology vulnerabilities for the department.  
    "The database will provide an initial assessment of the potential
    vulnerabilities of specified wireless features and capabilities along
    with the associated risks and countermeasures recommendations," the
    memo says.
    DOD also will work to promote a departmentwide wireless knowledge
    management process to promote the sharing of wireless technology
    capabilities, vulnerabilities and vulnerability mitigation throughout
    the department, the memo says.
    DOD has been working on a wireless policy that will cover the entire
    The Pentagon policy - which excludes emergency and tactical radios and
    one-way communication devices - will be reviewed annually to keep up
    with technological changes.
    In addition to the moratorium, it prohibits connectivity to a
    classified network or computer and does not allow synchronization with
    devices that are not approved by DOD.
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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