An Army recruiting bureau has been closed due to a new cybersecurity rule that requires recruiting offices to make sure all of their employees have been upgraded to the latest version of Windows 10, Recode has learned.
The Army has been forced to shut down recruiting offices across the country to comply with a requirement by the Defense Department to provide a complete set of security updates to all of its employees, including those working on its IT systems.
The rule has prompted the closure of recruiting offices in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Recode first reported the closure on Monday.
“This is the first time in the last few years that we’ve had this kind of incident,” Army recruiting director for security technology Mark St. Germain told Recode on Wednesday.
“In the past it was a little bit of a routine thing, but now it’s becoming more of an issue, and we’re getting calls from the recruiters and the recruitings asking us if we have to shut it down because of this new cybersecurity issue.”
The rule states that all recruits must be upgraded to Windows 10 from version 1511 or later, or have a copy of the operating system installed on their computer.
The new rules come into effect from July 1.
Recoding has learned that all recruiters have received Windows 10 updates from the Defense Information Systems Agency, and that there are some exceptions.
Recoders can opt out of the requirement to install Windows 10 as long as the new versions of Windows and the operating systems are installed on all their computers.
Recomputing Recodings are the work of millions of computer systems, such as a phone’s wireless network and an Internet connection, and often involve many different people.
They also are often complex, and many recruiters must work with multiple people to handle their work.
“A recruiter needs to be able to do a lot of different things to make a recruit’s job better,” St. Germinas said.
“When the recruiter sees the number of different people involved, it makes recruiting that much easier.”
The Army had to shut recruiting offices because it has not been able to install the latest updates to its IT system to be ready to meet the new security requirements.
St. Giardino said the Army was forced to implement the new rules because the Defense IT Agency “hasn’t been able” to provide the updates that would meet the requirements.
The recruiting office that was shut down was the recruitment office for the Special Forces Academy in Augusta, Georgia.
The move came after Recode reported last week that the Army had been forced into shutdowns because of the new cybersecurity standards.
The Associated Press first reported on the shutdowns on Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the matter.
The news was met with skepticism by some security experts.
“You know, I don’t know if this is the end of things,” Mark Bernstein, the founder of cybersecurity firm FireEye, told Recoding on Wednesday morning.
“I do know it is a step backwards.
I think there is a lot to be concerned about.
I’m not sure how you can say the problem is a new threat, but the fact that this is happening is indicative that there is some sort of issue in terms of security.” “
We need to look at the threat landscape around us and think about what’s going to be the best approach.
I’m not sure how you can say the problem is a new threat, but the fact that this is happening is indicative that there is some sort of issue in terms of security.”
Bernstein added that the problem has become more urgent in recent months, especially in the face of an increasing number of hacks against government systems.
“These are attacks against a wide range of federal, state and local agencies, which are all trying to get to the data,” Bernstein said.
The military’s recruiting office, which oversees recruiters in the United States and overseas, was closed because the agency had not been upgrading to Windows, and because it did not have a “good enough” understanding of the software, St. Gabrin said.