Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pentagon implements new level of security allowing communication with Internet: could stimulate new security jobs in civilian infrstructure, too

Shaun Waterman from UPI has a story on p B2 of the Jan. 29 Washington Times (the "Plugged In" Section), “’Revolutionary’ software to unite Defense networks,” link here.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) has a “One Wire, One Box” or OB1 firmware and hardware device to link networks and machines into one work station for information sharing (as with intelligence and “connecting the dots”) with special software to prevent any possibility of unauthorized access from the “public” Internet. In the past, military computers have always been physically separate from the Internet to prevent any possibility of compromise.

The concept could be used in other critical civilian areas, like electric utilities, where the remote threat of intrusion could cause a grave domestic security threat of the utility were accessible through the Internet or public networks. This possibility has been written about occasionally ever since 9/11.

Implementing such new levels of security software could soon provide a whole new set of IT jobs given Obama’s push for infrastructure, but they would require extremely specialized experience and training, largely from the military.

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