The Nonsecure Internet Protocol (IP) Router Network (abbreviated as "NIPRNet," but commonly written "NIPRNET"), but commonly referred to as the "'Non-classified' IP Router Network," is a private IP network used to exchange unclassified information, including information subject to controls on distribution, among the private network's users. The NIPRNet also provides its users access to the Internet.
NIPRNet is composed of Internet Protocol routers owned by the United States Department of Defense (DOD). It was created in the 1980s and managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to supersede the earlier MILNET. NIPRNET is the largest private network in the world.
Over the last decades[when?], NIPRnet has grown faster than the U.S. Department of Defense can monitor. DoD spent $10 million in 2010 to map out the current state of the NIPRNET, in an effort to analyze its expansion, and identify unauthorized users, who are suspected to have quietly joined the network. The NIPRNET survey, which uses IPSonar software developed by Lumeta Corporation, also looked for weakness in security caused by network configuration. The Department of Defense has made a major effort over the last few years,[when?] to improve network security. The Pentagon announced it was requesting $2.3 billion in the 2012 budget to bolster network security within the Defense Department and to strengthen ties with its counterparts at the Department of Homeland Security.
- Classified website
- Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS)
- Protected Distribution System
- Crisis Response Operations in NATO Operating Systems (CRONOS) is the NATO equivalent of SIPRNet
- DISA website, "Sensitive but Unclassified IP Data (formerly known as NIPRNet)"
- Anon, "Lost in the NIPRNET", January 2010, (Accessed on 19 April 2011, 6:01pm PST)
- Mapping the Pentagon's Networks | Defense News. defensenews.com (2014-02-24). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
- “Pentagon seeks $3.2 billion for revised cyber budget” March, 2011 (Accessed on 19 April 2011, 6:38pm PST)
- DISA Data Services (Managers of NIPRNet)
- Army and Defense Knowledge Online
- Department of Defense statement on use of NIPRNET for social networking
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