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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.

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rexdart  
#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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#2 Posted : Friday, January 25, 2019 12:51:59 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rexdart Go to Quoted Post
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.


Interesting observation... I just retired from State and do not recall being forbidden to use bluetooth for music, etc. I remember seeing lots of people in the cafeteria using it for just that purpose.

At the same time, State has become such an odd place to work. To go from having Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1975) to Heather Nauert (2019) as our UN Ambassador, for example. The place can no longer be taken seriously, in my opinion.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:05:42 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rexdart Go to Quoted Post
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.


It is because of bluetooth hacking... it is real. When you have state-sponsored hackers, best believe anything is possible.

With bluetooth on a hacker can gain full access to the device and even listen to conversations (not only telephone conversations but conversations in a room).

While one might have unclassified discussions there might be a time that an unclassified discussion can lead to a security breach (maybe the piece together several conversations from several departments). Or worse, if you are targeted, they learn something about you they can use.

Unfortunately, people don't believe this 007 stuff can happen to them.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:17:15 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rexdart Go to Quoted Post
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.


Interesting observation... I just retired from State and do not recall being forbidden to use bluetooth for music, etc. I remember seeing lots of people in the cafeteria using it for just that purpose.

At the same time, State has become such an odd place to work. To go from having Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1975) to Heather Nauert (2019) as our UN Ambassador, for example. The place can no longer be taken seriously, in my opinion.


OP is correct... you can search for it here: https://fam.state.gov/ under 5 fam .

Google is great... lol

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#5 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:23:44 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rexdart Go to Quoted Post
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.


Is there a compelling, business related use for Bluetooth in federal buildings?
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#6 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:30:02 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Endless Summer Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: rexdart Go to Quoted Post
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.


Is there a compelling, business related use for Bluetooth in federal buildings?


There can be, yes.

When that is the case, as with any IT department (public or med/large private), it goes before an IT review board (normally CCB or CCRB). If approved, it can be used...

Or you can have medical waivers, etc...

(edit: in my experience things like that go before a CCB... I've not worked everywhere and some places a CCB is not necessary.)

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#7 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:35:38 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: King_Fed Go to Quoted Post
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There can be, yes.

When that is the case, as with any IT department (public or med/large private), it goes before an IT review board (normally CCB or CCRB). If approved, it can be used...

Or you can have medical waivers, etc...

(edit: in my experience things like that go before a CCB... I've not worked everywhere and some places a CCB is not necessary.)


That sounds reasonable, makes sense.
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