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The effectiveness of Parker and his cohorts in finding alternatives to Tempest can be seen in the fact that the AFCSC has disapproved over $20 million worth of proposals for shielded enclosures since 1988, while approving "no more than one or two" in the same time period.
The Air Force Cryptologic Support Center (AFCSC), under the command of Col R.L.
Prior policy, which required extensive use of Tempest equipment, was described by AFCSC staff members as inflexible and extremely expensive.
More attention is being paid to threat measurement by the AFCSC, particularly threats based in the US.
In examining the COMPUSEC problem, AFCSC discovered a significant lack of information, particularly on the part of the user, on the security posture of Air Force computer systems.
This information is added to that gleaned from Security Posture Assessments and visits made by AFCSC personnel to command sites.
But the AFCSC is confident it will be the linchpin of a strong COMPUSEC, COMSEC and Tempest effort.
Dennis Richburg is the technical director of the AIr Force cryptologic Support Center (AFCSC) and Anita Hunt is a writer/editor in the office of administration (DA) at the AFCSC.
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