Information Assurance and Network Security

Thursday July 20, 2006

What is it? Information assurance (IA) and network security ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information across the entire spectrum of military operations in an environment characterized by rapid technology change that is subject to increasing frequency of attacks from a sophisticated and organized cyber threat ranging from nation states and transnational terrorist and criminal organizations to hackers and vandals capable of entering networks via cyberspace from any geographic location worldwide. IA defends the LandWarNet by employing a defense-in-depth strategy that integrates people, technology, and operations, supported by a trained/skilled workforce that employs multiple IA protective measures layered from the perimeter to the desktop.

What has the Army done? Army's approach concentrates on protecting information, defending systems and networks, providing IA situational awareness, fostering innovation, and creating an empowered workforce. The Army issued over one million Common Access Cards (CAC) in FY 05 as part of its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) program to protect information. Army is now in the initial phase of the next step in securing information, the implementing two factor authentication. Army has updated its aging cryptographic capabilities by successfully programming and integrating communications security (COMSEC) equipment, key management processes and associated support items into the Army inventory.

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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded

The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded.

The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either, the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.

The referral must be made by the Soldier at www.usarec.army.mil or www.1800goguard.com/esar prior to the new recruit's first meeting with a recruiter.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • U.S. Senate Votes to Require Peer Review of Army Corps Projects (ENS)
  • New Strategy Urged to Retain Reservists (EB | HC)
  • A Case of Fratricide (ABC)
  • 900 Calif. National Guard Members Working Mexican Border (SSD)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraqi Minister: Major Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Dead (MNF)
  • A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq (WP)
  • U.S. Now Supports a Buffer (LAT)
  • Operation Helping Hands Brings Gifts to Iraqi Children (ARNews)

OF INTEREST

  • Family Center, Children's Camp Provide Grief Outlets (FHH)
  • U.S. Army Skydivers to Drop in (RH)
  • Reactions from Evacuees Now Safe in Cyprus Mixed (HC)
  • Schumacher Eyes Big Picture Heading to Pacific Raceways (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • Watchdog: U.S. Has No Idea of 'War on Terror' Cost (MEO | Story)
  • Middle East: Reaping what Bush Sowed (IHT | Story)
  • Who's Behind the Daily Killings in Iraq? (ALJ | Story)
  • Bush Confronts Limits of Power in World Crises (STR | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Winning in Iraq - Measuring Victory (BS)
  • Death Toll Rises in Mideast Fight: (BS)
  • Outtakes from the Front (BS)

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