Subject: SUSPENSION OF REMOVABLE FLASH MEDIA (FOUO)//

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Subject: SUSPENSION OF REMOVABLE FLASH MEDIA (FOUO)//

Originator: CMD CTR USSTRATCOM(UC)

DTG: 150301Z Nov 08

Precedence: ROUTINE

DAC: General

To: BTA ARLINGTON VA(UC), DAU(UC), DCMAHQ(UC), DEF TECH INFO CENTER(UC), DIA

WASHINGTON DC, DIR CIFA(UC), DOD CYBER CRIME CENTER DC3(UC), DSCA AL

ADMIN(UC), DSS WASHINGTON DC, JTF-GNO(UC), OSD WASHINGTON DC, PRES NDU

WASHINGTON DC, PTC OPERATIONS(UC), SECDEF COMMUNICATIONS(UC), USUHS BETHESDA

MD(UC), SECDEF(UC), USD(PERS AND READINESS)(UC), USD(POLICY)(UC), USSTRATCOM

JFCC-NW FT GEORGE G MEADE MD, DDMA RICHMOND VA(UC), DOD CIO-ASD(NETWORK AND

INFO INTEGRATION)(UC), DOD HUMAN RESOURCES ACT(UC), J3 DIR GLOBAL OPS

USSTRATCOM(UC), NETWORK SECURITY SERVICES-PENTAGON(UC), OIG(UC)

Cc: HQ USSTRATCOM OFFUTT AFB NE, HQ USSTRATCOM(UC)

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MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CDR USSTRATCOM(UC)// SUBJ/SUSPENSION OF REMOVABLE

FLASH MEDIA (FOUO)//

REF/A/MSGID:GENADMIN/CDRUSSTRATCOM/142345ZNOV2008/-/NOTAL//

POC/WATCH OFFICER/-/UNIT:USSTRATCOM GNCC/NAME:OFFUTT AFB /TEL:DSN

312-271-7748/TEL:COMM 402-294-XXXX/EMAIL:[email protected] 
[email protected]>//

AKNLDG/YES

/INST:ALL UNITS ACK RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE TO USSTRATCOM GNCC.//

GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. (FOUO) IAW REF A, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE USE OF

MEMORY STICKS, THUMB DRIVES AND CAMERA FLASH MEMORY CARDS IS SUSPENDED IN

ALL DOD NIPRNET SYSTEMS. (SEE REF A FOR FURTHER BREAKDOWN OF

REQUIREMENTS)

2. (FOUO) IT IS APPARENT THAT OVER TIME, OUR POSTURE TO PROTECT NETWORKS AND

ASSOCIATED INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH ADVERSARY

EFFORTS TO PENETRATE, DISRUPT, INTERRUPT, EXPLOIT OR DESTROY CRITICAL

ELEMENTS OF THE GIG.  THE DECISION TO TERMINATE USE OF REMOVABLE REWRITABLE

MEDIA IS A KEY COMPONENT IN THE STRATEGY TO DEFEND AGAINST ATTACKS AND

ESTABLISH A BASELINE FOR INFORMATION SYSTEM PROTECTION.  MEMORY STICKS,

THUMB DRIVES AND CAMERA FLASH MEMORY CARDS HAVE GIVEN THE ADVERSARY THE

CAPABILITY TO EXPLOIT OUR POOR PERSONAL PRACTICES AND HAVE PROVIDED AN

AVENUE OF ATTACK.

MALICIOUS SOFTWARE (MALWARE) PROGRAMMED TO EMBED ITSELF IN MEMORY DEVICES

HAS ENTERED OUR SYSTEMS.  ONLY THROUGH A LAYERED DEFENSE OF TRAINING,

TECHNOLOGY, PROCEDURES AND PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE, CAN WE REGAIN THE HIGH

GROUND.

3. (FOUO) DIRECTIONS ARE FORTHCOMING TO SANITIZE AND RECERTIFY OUR NETWORK

SYSTEMS.

4. (U) ADHERING TO THIS POLICY AND ENFORCEMENT OF THESE STANDARDS WILL BE

CHALLENGING. HOWEVER, THE COST OF IGNORING IS EVEN GREATER AND WILL CONTINUE

TO PUT OUR NETWORKS AND WARFIGHTERS AT RISK.

5. (FOUO) REQUEST REPORT OPERATIONAL IMPACTS TO USSTRATCOM GLOBAL NETWORK

COORDINATION CENTER WATCH AT COMM: 402-294-XXXX OR DSN

312-271-7748 OR [email protected]_ [email protected]>

6. (U) PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. HAVE ALL AGENCIES IN RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE

ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT TO POC.

A. UNDERSECRETARY OF PERSONNEL AND READINESS PASS TO TRICARE MANAGEMENT

AGENCY.

B. UNDERSECRETARY OF POLICY PASS TO DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY.

C. DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY PASS TO DEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND

HUMINT CENTER.

D. OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE REQUEST PASS TO HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

MODERNIZATION PROGRAM, JOINT TESTING AND EVALUATION, WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS

SERVICES, DEFENSE MICRO ELECTRONIC AGENCY, DEFENSE MINERAL EXPLORATION

AGENCY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY.

7. (FOUO) COMMANDER, JFCC-NETWORK WARFARE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED SUPPORTED

COMMANDER FOR THIS ACTION.//