The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Navy Confirms Blocking Web Mail

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 24, 2005

The Navy on Friday confirmed blocking access to commercial email
services provided by Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., America
Online Inc. and others, saying they posed a security risk to its
networks.

The decision, which went into effect this week, applied to military
and civilian personnel on ships or ashore in the United States and
overseas.

That action was taken in order to prevent viruses or other malicious
software from entering the system, which is used to carry information
related to Naval operations, as well as business and administrative
work.

Network users will still have access to the Navy’s email system, and
will be able to receive and respond to messages from people using
commercial services.

I think that there are more benficial ways of protecting the Navy's
networks, including gateway virus scanners, that would allow access to
free email accounts.  The idea that free == unsafe is not always
correct.  Even more dangerous is thinking that commerical ==
safe.  I wonder if Google could charge $1 a year for a “commerical
account” so that the Navy could access their gmail.  Artical
reposted on Astalavista from Techweb.

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