The Department of Defense has released its new policy on the safe and effective use of Internet technologies, including social networking and other Web 2.0 technology. The outline of the policy is in recognition of the integral role that “Internet-based capabilities” play in modern operations.
The new policy applies to users on NIPRNET (non-classified networks) and DoD components. The policy dictates that NIPRNET will be configured to provide “Internet-based capabilities” throughout DoD components. Heads of DoD components are still responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of their networks and can limit the use of the Internet to preserve operational capabilities if needed. Prohibited websites (such as pornography, gambling and hate-based websites) will remain prohibited and users will be prohibited from engaging in such behavior via social networking sites as well.
Last week, DoD released an update to its policies regarding portable data mediums, such as flash drives, which will allow their use in “mission essential” functions.
The memorandum can be viewed here