DoD Playing Defense, Again

In the Hutong
Fall cleaning
1448 hrs

Once again it seems like the guardians of data at the Pentagon are raising the cyber-shields. Attempts to access defenselink.mil from the Hutong, with and without VPN, are meeting with timeouts.

Not that I blame them, but it’s just sad that the second-largest line-item in the U.S. budget can’t come up with a better way of ferreting out malicious attacks than simply slamming the door on everyone. It is also sad that the Pentagon is losing its opportunity to conduct some decent public diplomacy among the curious Chinese.

Tear down these walls, Secretary Gates, and demand that your cyber-warriors come up with a better approach than simply slamming the fort doors. The best defenses only keep the friendlies out and make the bad guys up their game.

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About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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