On 5 July 2005, Government Computer News reported:

Two of the Army’s lead technologists propose to defend the Global Information Grid by using decoy networks and “honey pots” to fool hackers.

The goal is to lure intruders into these areas and away from operational networks.

“No other enterprise in the world has responsibility for a communications network quite like the GIG,” Army Col. Carl Hunt, director of technology for the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations, said at the recent Army Small Computer Program conference in Las Vegas.

He said the service is looking for ways to apply niche types of technologies to accomplish its mission. One of the technologies is Net Force Maneuvers, a system of shadow DOD networks that would keep hackers away from mission-critical systems while giving Defense IT managers time to learn about the intruder’s techniques, location and capabilities.

Hunt said the concept is part of the Army’s notion of NetOps, a component of network-centric warfare that focuses on using commercial best practices to operate, manage and defend the GIG…

The Net Force Maneuver is a diversion strategy that leads hackers “to systems where we are prepared to receive them,” Hunt and Gardner wrote. (more…)

Source:  Dawn S. Onley, "A DOD cyberplan aims to attract hackers like bees," Government Computer News (5 July 2005).

 

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