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Information Security

Information security can mean protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction. This goes beyond just computers and networks. Risks and threats can come from individuals, acts of nature, and new technology.

This topic affects everyone in the federal workforce - top to bottom. Thus, it is also the responsibility of everyone in the federal workforce to protect the information from threats.

Share your experience with securing information.

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#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:14:55 PM(UTC)

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The State Department has a security policy that prohibits the use of Bluetooth technology in ANY Department facility, for any reason. It's not limited to high security or CAA/SCIF.

Does anyone know of any other federal agency that has such a total prohibition against Bluetooth? I have worked in DoD (working at the Pentagon, visiting various Components) and DHS and never encountered any such policy. Excepting, of course, SCIFs and the like.

I can't see any rational reason for prohibiting personal use of Bluetooth in unclassified areas, especially if there are no Bluetooth-enabled Department devices around. About the worst-case scenario I can envision is someone stealing my awesome iTunes Bangles playlist. Which would be a great score for some hypothetical Bluetooth hacker, but hardly a matter of national security.
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