DOD limits wireless use, will study vulnerabilities further

DOD limits wireless use, will study vulnerabilities further

The Defense Department CIO last week issued a policy imposing restrictions on the use of wireless devices at the Pentagon.

Effective immediately, the Pentagon Area Common Information Technology Wireless Security Policy prohibits employees from connecting wireless devices, such as cellular telephones and personal digital assistants, to any classified network and from using such devices as a primary means of communication for mission-critical operations.

The policy also prohibits DOD employees from using wireless devices to download freeware and shareware enhancements or other extraneous software. The policy does, however, permits the use of wireless devices to access unclassified networks if the Pentagon Designated Approving Authority for Common IT has OKed it.

At the same time, DOD leaders continued a moratorium that prohibits installing new telecommunications networks to support wireless services until the Pentagon has finished assessing the security vulnerabilities of wireless technologies. Defense CIO John Stenbit has asked the National Security Agency director to develop a Wireless Technology Vulnerabilities Database for the department to use for the assessment effort.

DOD will use this information to create a departmentwide policy on wireless use.

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