NIPR ACTIVITY INCREASES

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NIPR ACTIVITY INCREASES

Visitation activity by NIPR.mil has increased dramatically over past several days to www.carnicom.com. As designated within the visitors list to this site, NIPR has been researched to involve the following relationship to the United States Department of Defense:

NIPR – Department of Defense Network Operations (NIPRNet);

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has established a number of NIPRNet gateways to the Internet, which will be protected and controlled by firewalls and other technologies.

Any additional identifying information on this agency is appreciated, and may be posted publicly on the message board attached to www.carnicom.com.

Clifford E Carnicom
Feb 28 2001

 


The following has been received by email on March 01 2001. Appreciation is extended to the sender for this additional information on NIPR:

I saw on your visitors list you wanted to know more information about NIPR? It is my opinion that NIPR is going to be a common “domain name” and will increase in frequency of visits. In other words being able to discriminate between various DoD websites will be harder to ascertain; as many of the people surfing your sites will be routing through NIPRnet. Obsfucate? Looks like it.

The DISA created NIPR so that NIPR is essentially a VERY secure, single point of contact for all DoD connections to the web. Imagine it as a super firewall for all of the DoD’s various branches, partners, and
educational institutions that work with the DoD.

To understand what NIPR offers the DoD, read this slideshow on DISA:

http://www.dpasweb1.day.disa.mil/webdpas/313a/disaa001.htm

Now the home page for NIPR:

http://www.nic.mil/dodnic/

United States of America Department of Defense Network Information Center

The NIC is operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). It provides information and services that are mission critical to the operation of the worldwide IP router Defense Information Systems Network and other DoD sponsored networks.

The NIC:
Operates the .MIL generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registry
Operates the DoD Assigned Numbers Registry
Operates the DoD Internet Routing Registry
Provides Directory Service for Each Registry
Manages and Administers the MIL gTLD
Manages and Administers Sub-level Domain Name System (DNS) Domains
Coordinates Actions Regarding Security Incidents and Network
Vulnerabilities

Operates World Wide Web Servers
Issues Network Management Bulletins and Other Announcements
Maintains On-line Documentation Repository
Manages, Administers, and Operates Dial-up Access Service Support Systems
Monitors Use of the Dial-up Access System and Investigates Possible Abuse
Provides General User Assistance from a Help Desk

And below is a link to info about what NIPRnet was envisioned to be…

http://cap.nipr.mil/MISC/OSDreleaseMemo.html

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

6000 DEFENSE PENTAGON

WASHINGTON, DC 20301-6000

August 22, 1999

MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS CHAIRMAN OF THE
JOINT
CHIEFS OF STAFF UNDER SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE DIRECTOR, DEFENSE RESEARCH
AND
ENGINEERING ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION ASSISTANTS TO THE SECRETARY OF
DEFENSE DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE
AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Increasing the Security Posture of the Unclassified but Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet)

The security of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) information infrastructure is related to protection of the Unclassified but Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) against intrusion and malicious activity.
Intrusion attempts are expected to increase as hackers may be tempted to masquerade their activities as Year 2000 (Y2K) bugs. Information assurance and network protection efforts hinge on identification, control and management of NIPRNet connections. Of particular interest and concern are the multitude of interconnections between the NIPRNet and the Internet. DoD Directive 5200.28, “Security Requirements for Automated Information Systems (AlSs),” March 21, 1988, requires all DoD information systems, including networked
computers, to comply with minimum security requirements. These security requirements pertain to any information technology (IT) system(s), regardless of the classification of the data processed.

And much more at the link above.

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