DOD to review use of social-media technology
New policy governing the use of Web 2.0 tools requested
- By Doug Beizer
- Aug 06, 2009
Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn has ordered a review to detail
the threats and benefits associated with using social-networking tools.
The review, which is due Aug. 31, should examine
what policies and processes are needed to ensure emerging Internet
capabilities are used effectively, according to a memo issued July 31.
Defense Department recruiting, public affairs and other operations use social networking regularly, the memo states.
Web 2.0 capabilities, including social-networking sites, have rapidly
emerged as integral tools in day-to-day operations across the DOD, and
in our collaboration with other federal agencies,” the memo states.
as with any Internet-based capabilities, there are implementation
challenges and operational risks that must be understood and
mitigated,” the memo states.
DOD's chief information officer
was ordered to develop DOD policy governing the use of Web 2.0 tools
from a risk-management perspective.
On Aug. 3, Marine Corps officials banned the use of social networking Web sites
on the service’s networks due to the security risks associated with the
Web 2.0 tools, according to an order published on the Marine Corps Web
The order bans access to social-networking tools that
include Facebook and Twitter on the Marine Corps Enterprise Network and
on the Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network.
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.