Defense begins restrictions on NIPRnet access

Defense begins restrictions on NIPRnet access

The Defense Department has directed all DOD agencies to prepare plans by Sept. 30 for terminating unofficial access points to the Non-Classified IP Router Network.

In an Aug. 22 memorandum, DOD chief information officer Arthur Money said agencies must use the Defense Information Service Agency's six official NIPRnet gateways unless they receive a waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

To receive a waiver, an organization must meet the minimum security standards DOD officials establish through the Defense Information Systems Network Security Accreditation Working Group. Money said agencies must stop using backdoor NIPRnet links by Dec. 15.

The department will permit direct Internet connections for electronic commerce as long as the systems involved have a waiver or are not connected to NIPRnet, Money said.

Deputy CIO Marvin Langston denied persistent reports that DOD leaders are considering unplugging systems from the Internet to protect sensitive but unclassified information.

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