Letter: Trusted Internet Connections initiative is meaningless

Regarding, “OMB to limit number of Internet connections for agencies,” the government uses thousands of private ISP connections at its smaller field locations. Most of these offices use a virtual private network to connect to their agencies’ network. Without shutting these down, the so-called Trusted Internet Connections initiative is a joke. Any one of these connections can be used by the bad guys to get behind the parameter defenses. Some agencies monitor traffic from these connections, but never to the same degree as the Office of Management and Budget-approved connection that has. The Homeland Security Department’s U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team Einstein program also doesn't watch this traffic.


Just another meaningless mandate that really does nothing to improve security.


Anonymous


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