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DOD and Web 2.0
March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm #93684
DOD News Release
February 26, 2010
Today the Department of Defense released a policy memorandum regarding the safe and effective use of Internet-based capabilities, including social networking services (SNS) and other interactive Web 2.0 applications.
The memorandum makes it policy that the DoD non-classified network be configured to provide access to Internet-based capabilities across all DoD components. Commanders at all levels and heads of DoD components will continue to defend against malicious activity on military information networks, deny access to prohibited content sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, hate-crime related activities), and take immediate and commensurate actions, as required, to safeguard missions (e.g., temporarily limiting access to the Internet to preserve operations security or to address bandwidth constraints).
The directive is consistent with the increased security measures that the Department has taken to secure its networks and reinforces existing regulations related to ethics, operations security, and privacy.
“This directive recognizes the importance of balancing appropriate security measures while maximizing the capabilities afforded by 21st Century Internet tools,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III.
Use of Internet-based capabilities, including SNS, have become integral tools for operating and collaborating across the DoD and with the general public. Establishing a DoD-wide policy ensures consistency and allows for full integration of these tools and capabilities.
The new policy memorandum is available at: http://www.defense.gov/NEWS/DTM%2009-026.pdf
March 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm #93691
This is awesome! I am curious what browser DOD supports on their IT network and how they are protected from malicious links in link shorteners and 3rd party apps (like on Facebook). What can I tell my IT network?
March 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm #93689
been a couple of years since I had MUCH contact with DOD administrators BUT… would guess overwhelming majority (90/95 percent) of the approved browsers on DOD networks was/is IE in alot of cases it was IE6 with the occasional IE7, a significant percentage of administrators often took the approach that an administrator shared with me last July, “I grew up on IE6 and the new browsers are too complicated for me/most users”….
As recently as last week DOD systems that I have some contact with did not hiccup at all over link shorteners and I am aware of several 3rd party apps running with ONLY typical end user malware protection perhaps not on facebook but running on their intranets with facing directly to the internet.
March 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm #93687
It’s a great start. However, it fails to touch on at least one emerging issue: geo-locate. This could be a major issue for national security purposes.
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