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[ISN] DISA creates DMZ to boost security on unclassified network

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Jan 11 2011 - 07:54:45 GMT

By Amber Corrin
Jan 10, 2011

The Defense Information Systems Agency has created a "demilitarized
zone" for unclassified applications to help manage access and improve
security between the public Internet and Unclassified but Sensitive IP
Router Network (NIPRNet), according to Dave Mihelcic, DISA's CTO.

The DMZ protects against cyberattacks, he said. In the case of a cyber
attack, the DMZ would allow increased security while still leaving
critical servers open to the Internet as necessary

DISA has taken a leadership role in locking down military cybersecurity,
and the DMZ is one of two programs that are emerging as key components
to maintaining the security of DOD’s most sensitive data, officials have

“We have to share information safely,” said Richard Hale, DISA chief
information assurance executive. “If we break sharing, we’ve broken a
lot of things…but we still have to keep things secret.” Hale and
Mihelcic spoke as part of a DISA panel at a luncheon held in Arlington,
Va., and sponsored by the DC chapter of AFCEA.


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