Letter: How do you define non-official?

Your article on the Defense Department banning non-official network traffic sounds like a hoax. In the Navy, Web sites that obviously involve non-official traffic are already blocked, along with Web sites that might or might not involve non-official traffic.

Doing more than blocking sites or unplugging from the Internet altogether would take a lot of internal surveillance and a very clear and very long definition of what non-official traffic is. Is visiting online retailers non-official or official? What if it’s to obtain price estimates on items the individual intends to buy to support his or her organization's mission?  

Your article left out any information about the feasibility of preventing non-official traffic without stripping DOD employees of the ability to use the network and the Internet to do their jobs as efficiently as the private sector.

Anonymous


What do you think? Paste a comment in the box below (registration required), or send your comment to [email protected] (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it.

Featured

  • Government Innovation Awards
    Government Innovation Awards - https://governmentinnovationawards.com

    Congratulations to the 2021 Rising Stars

    These early-career leaders already are having an outsized impact on government IT.

  • Acquisition
    Shutterstock ID 169474442 By Maxx-Studio

    The growing importance of GWACs

    One of the government's most popular methods for buying emerging technologies and critical IT services faces significant challenges in an ever-changing marketplace

Stay Connected