DOD Pushing Forward on Internet Disconnect

WASHINGTON (04/26/2000) - Despite criticism it received last year for a proposal to disconnect from the Internet to bolster security, the U.S.

Department of Defense remains committed to developing a technical architecture that will allow it to do just that, DOD's top cyberdefender said.

Links that connect DOD's Non-Classified Internet Protocol Routing Network with the Internet pose the greatest security challenge, according to Air Force Lt.

Gen. John Campbell, commander of the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense. The NIPRNET is used mainly for administrative communications.

The Pentagon remains committed to closing down "back door" links to the Internet, said Campbell, who spoke Monday at the second annual Information Assurance and Battlefield Visualization Symposium, sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army and the Association of Old Crows.

However, the Pentagon eventually wants to get to the point where it can disconnect its entire global network from the Internet if security threats arise that call for such action, he said.

"We talked about that seriously [during the Year 2000 rollover]," Campbell said. But before DOD moves forward with the plan, "we need to understand the operational impact of doing that," he said.

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