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Info assurance should include sharing, general says

The Defense Department is focusing its information assurance efforts too much on protection and not enough on sharing and availability, according to a senior official at U.S. Pacific Command. Speaking this week at the AFCEA Asia-Pacific 2003 conference, Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Dierker, deputy commander of PACOM, said the term information assurance usually conjures images of information security or protection. But just as important, he said, is equal emphasis on information distribution and sharing. “One big dilemma we face every day is, how do we share information with our allies, coalition partners and other agency partners while protecting it from our adversaries?” Dierker said. “Our failure to share information is almost as problematic as the consequences of our adversaries’ interception of it.” Full Story

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