Army CIO asks for better security

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Army's chief information officer wants service and industry information technology officials to do a better job of protecting networks and building more secure products.

"Guys, this is eating us up," said Lt. Gen. Steve Boutelle, the Army's CIO, speaking here today at the Directorate of Information Management/Army Knowledge Management Conference sponsored by AFCEA International.

Army systems are under attack, Boutelle said. He said he wants to buy commercial products that maintain information assurance over time.

On Aug. 15, Gen. Peter Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, issued a directive to all service commanders stating that they must practice computer security and not expect officials in the CIO's office to do everything. The five-point plan detailed steps IT officials can take to improve information assurance at their installations including installing antivirus software and getting personnel to use unique passwords, Boutelle said.

In the next 30 days, officials at Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., who oversee the operation and protection of Army networks, will issue a servicewide information assurance strategy. Netcom officials announced the development of the plan in May.

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