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Military and Wireless (Was: wireless policies)
From: Alessandro <a.bottonelli () infinito it>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 22:46:03 +0100

On Friday 14 November 2003 20:56, Steve wrote:
Tactical field units like the 82nd Airborne make use of wireless networks
that are not necessarily authorized and can likely easily be hacked.  Yes -
I am somewhat off topic.

Don't think we are going off topic that much. Actually when I discovered my 
client is using wireless networks (unauthorized!) I generated a lot of 
discussion at the higher ranks. 

Never thought of a wireless network as a "search and destroy" mean for a 
tactical weapon, but that's indeed a consideration. Although the Spread 
Spectrum technology makes it harder to use the radio waves as a radio beacon 
for such a purpose... I suppose...

More pragmatically, I believe military networks (even unclassified) and 
wireless is an oxymoron altoghether, yet there may be situations where you 
have no choice, that's a why a policy governing the issue is a must, rather 
than leaving it unleashed.

Alessandro Bottonelli
CISSP, BS7799 Lead Auditor

----- Original Message -----
From: "Meritt James" <meritt_james () bah com>
To: "Alessandro Bottonelli" <a.bottonelli () axis-net it>
Cc: <security-basics () securityfocus com>; <netethix () iprimus com au>
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: wireless policies

In my PERSONAL view (having retired from the military after 20 years), I
would not want to be associated with a broadcast unit in a tactical
environment which would provide targetting information.  That it was
encrypted would not matter to an anti-radiation missile.

Alessandro Bottonelli wrote:
I am supporting a military client of mine on a very similar task.

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