DOD pushing forward on Internet disconnect
- By Dan Verton
- Apr 26, 2000
Despite criticism it received last year for a proposal to disconnect from
the Internet to bolster security, the Defense Department 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.