Input/Output Device Management Reduces Data Spill Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2008—The Office of Information Technology Program Management (OIPM) recently completed and transitioned another information technology (IT) project.

The Input/Output Device Management (IODM) provides managers, administrators, technicians, and security managers the capability to control the flow of data between FBI networks and infrastructure resources to and from external devices and sources. It also provides the capability to generate and maintain an auditable record of all transactions.

Development began in September 2004, as part of the Security Division’s Information Assurance Technology Infusion (IATI) initiative to develop, evaluate, engineer, and implement security technology safeguards for the Bureau’s IT enterprise. The goal was to mitigate risks to, and reduce vulnerabilities of, the FBI’s most critical information assets.

A pilot version of IODM was deployed in October 2006, and ran through August 2007. Enterprise deployment was completed last November; accomplishment of the Operational Acceptance Review was the final step in the transition process. The IODM application was installed on more than 36,000 workstations on the Secret Enclave, or FBINet.

IODM’s Project Manager, Nicola Roy, expressed great satisfaction with the completion of this project. “IODM provides a new capability to safeguard FBI information by logging information coming on to and off of the network,” she said. “It will protect the Bureau against the insider threat and minimize the impact.”

IATI’s Project Lead, Fred Hoffman, recognizes the significance of this capability. “IODM is one of many new security components to be introduced into the FBI,” he said. “Combining IODM with the newly deployed content filtering tool Integrity, another IATI initiative, will reduce the overall risk of data spills of classified information. IODM is just one of many new enterprise security tools in the arsenal.”