DOD cyber sleuths swap secrets in Florida

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is making changes to streamline its response to online threats across the various branches of the military, and deal with a steady stream of new online woes, from hacking attempts to child pornography and threats posed by powerful portable storage devices such as iPods, according to senior DOD officials. The DOD blocked and traced 60,000 intrusion attempts on its unclassified networks in 2004, and wrestles with spam, illicit pornography and other common Internet threats. If left to fester the threats could hamper the massive defense agency, which relies on global, unclassified networks for critical business operations, said Lieutenant General Harry Raduege, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Raduege was speaking at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference in Palm Harbor, Florida, an annual gathering of some of the government’s top IT, computer forensic and research and development talent.

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