DOD to update Wi-Fi policy

The Defense Department is working on a new policy for the use and protection of wireless devices.

The new policy aims to improve interoperability and strengthen security for wireless systems, said Mark Norton, an engineer in the wireless directorate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and CIO. He spoke today at the Wireless and RFID 2006 Conference.

The new policy, 8100.3, updates DOD Directive 8100.2 issued in 2004. The new directive will fortify security of wireless devices and systems by mandating they meet both commercial and government standards and that department agencies and military services deploy aggressive, consistent intrusion detection systems, Norton said.

The emphasis on interoperability and interoperability addresses DOD operational issues. RFID logistics systems during a test interfered with military radar systems last year and some DOD, government and vendors wireless systems were found vulnerable in a media investigation in 2004.

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