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DoD extends SIPRNet access from remote locations

Dec. 13, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
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The Pentagon is expanding capabilities on its classified network that will give authorized users access when they are away from their home domains.

Software called DoD Visitor allows the access. DoD has already deployed it across its unclassified NIPRNet. It allows civilian, military and contractor employees to log onto any computer connected to the NIPRNet, using their Common Access Cards.

Users are given a temporary DoD Visitor account on the device and are restricted to using basic Microsoft applications, Adobe Acrobat Reader and installed local printers, according to a Dec. 12 notice on fbo.gov. Temporary storage can be used on the desktop and documents folder but will be removed once the user logs out.

The DoD Visitor capability will be fully deployed across the SIPRNet by June, according to the notice.

DoD is extending its contract with Maryland-based Tangible Software, Inc., to provide incremental updates, maintenance and help desk support for DoD Visitor. The company will also provide support for planning, design, development and fielding of the capability on the SIPRNet, under a six-month contract extension that runs through June.

Tangible Software, Inc. has been the incumbent small business vendor on the previous two contracts. A follow-on contract is expected, according to the notice.

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