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SPOTLIGHT: In defense of the realm

The U.S. Defense Department has gone back and forth for two years now over what to include in the scope of a modified wireless policy and how to coordinate implementation across the services and agencies. Finally, two weeks ago, DoD CIO John Grimes approved a memorandum aimed at boosting security on WLANs connected to the Global Information Grid. The supplemental policy requires that 802.11i be used for WLANs and devices, and technologies which can store, process, or transmit unclassified information. This supplemental memo will be the first of many from the CIO's office addressing wireless security. Other updates will include wireless remote access and cellular technologies. Report.

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