DOD Policy on Social Networking Services

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 28, 2010

Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 09-026 – Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-based Capabilities, February 25, 2010

  • “This memorandum establishes DoD policy and assigns responsibilities for responsible and effective use of Internet-based capabilities, including social networking services (SNS) [Internet-based capabilities. All publicly accessible information capabilities and applications available across the Internet in locations not owned, operated, or controlled by the Department of Defense or the Federal Government. Internet-based capabilities include collaborative tools such as SNS, social media, user-generated content, social software, e-mail, instant messaging, and discussion forums (e.g., YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google Apps)]. This policy recognizes that Internet-based capabilities are integral to operations across the Department of Defense.
  • The Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET) shall be configured to provide access to Internet-based capabilities across all DoD Components. Commanders at all levels and Heads of DoD Components shall continue to defend against malicious activity affecting DoD networks (e.g., distributed denial of service attacks, intrusions) and take immediate and commensurate actions, as required, to safeguard missions (e.g., temporarily limiting access to the Internet to preserve operations security or to address bandwidth constraints).”
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