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Defense—at last—issues wireless policy

The Defense Department has released its long-awaited wireless policy, making it mandatory for all DOD personnel, contractors and even visitors entering Defense facilities to encrypt unclassified information transmitted wirelessly. The policy, DOD 8100.2, comes nearly two years after DOD issued a Pentagon wireless policy. The new policy, which supersedes the earlier Pentagon policy, takes effect immediately. DOD officials had suggested the policy was imminent for nearly three months. “For data, strong authentication, nonrepudiation and personal identification are required for access to DOD information systems in accordance with published DOD policy and procedures,” said Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of Defense. “Identification and authentication measures shall be implemented at both the device and network level.” Full Story

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