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DOD set to issue policy on WiFi use

The Defense Department will soon issue a policy to guide the use of WiFi equipment, said Ronald Jost, director of wireless technology for the Department of Defense. Jost spoke this morning at the National High Performance Computing Conference here. In a nutshell, the new policy will mandate that no information—either classified or unclassified—will be allowed to travel unencrypted across a wireless network. But DOD will encourage use of wireless networks, as they reduce the amount of time it takes to set up and tear down LANs. Defense currently has top-secret, local IEEE 802.11b networks running, Jost said. Offices can now procure military-grade secure equipment, so the remaining hurdles involve establishing policy, Jost said. The policy, DOD 8100.bb, is finished and awaiting sign-off, Jost said. He expected it to be signed within a week. Full Story

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