DOD will require testing of security products

DOD will require testing of security products

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

MARCH 2—In a move to shore up security, the Defense Department will require that by July 1, 2002, DOD agencies buy only information assurance products that have been evaluated by accredited national laboratories, according to a directive issued yesterday by Arthur L. Money, DOD chief information officer.

Money signed off on the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee's guidance for the acquisition of commercial information assurance products, according to a DOD announcement issued yesterday. Money, the assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence, serves as chairman of the committee, which represents 21 government agencies and sets policy on national security information systems.

On Jan. 1, 2001, according to Money's directive, DOD agencies should give preference to security products evaluated by national testing laboratories. Committee members have also encouraged civilian government officials to favor security products that have been evaluated.

More information about the policy is posted at the committee's Web site, at www.nstissc.gov. The secretariat for the organization is based at National Security Agency headquarters.

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