"Wireless capabilities (devices, services, technologies, and networks) have become important elements of the Federal Government's information infrastructure, and are now virtually indistinguishable from the wired segment of that infrastructure. Individuals at all levels within the Federal Government routinely use wireless capabilities to conduct their daily business in support of mission operations. The mobility afforded by wireless capabilities supports increased productivity and connectivity, and the Federal community has responded by deploying these capabilities widely across the Enterprise. However, the advantages that result from the implementation of wireless capabilities also introduce additional risks to information systems and the operations they support. Consequently, the implementation of wireless capabilities or the use of wireless devices within national security systems (NSS), and/or within environments where national security information (NSI) is stored, processed, or transmitted, must be governed by a systematic approach that balances operational gains with the inherent risks associated with the use of these capabilities. This policy establishes the controls necessary to implement wireless capabilities within NSS, and the use of wireless devices where NSI is stored, processed or transmitted, while mitigating the effects of their known vulnerabilities and associated risks. Representatives of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) may obtain additional copies of this policy from the Secretariat. U.S. Government contractors and vendors shall contact their appropriate government agency or Contracting Officer Representative regarding distribution of this document."
CNSS Policy No. 17
Committee on National Security Systems: http://www.cnss.gov/