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DOD's anti-phishing policy disables links in outside emails - Defense Systems

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DOD's anti-phishing policy disables links in outside emails

In an effort to help users avoid phishing scams and other potential threats, the Pentagon is instituting a policy of disabling HTML links in emails that come from outside the .mil domain.

Sean Lyngaas of sister publication FCW reports that the policy is being established gradually but is already in place for most Defense Department users. Richard Hale, DOD deputy CIO for cybersecurity, told FCW that the policy is a coordinated effort between his office and the U.S. Cyber Command, and is part of a larger effort to tighten DOD’s network defenses.

At least some users receiving outside emails will see a subject-line warning that the email is coming from outside DOD, according to the report. Users will still be able to cut and paste the URL into a browser, as they can now with text emails, but the idea behind the policy that that eliminating hot links would get users to think twice before going to a...(continued)

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