Following up from last week’s #ThrowbackThursday, I continued to dig through my stash of boxes from over the years and found this one, White House Initial Connection Plan, Frederick M. Avolio, 1993.
Yes, there was a time before the Internet was in widespread usage and in particular, before the White House had a presence on the Internet. And, fun fact, Trusted Information Systems (where I worked at the time) helped set up, deploy and manage the first whitehouse.gov systems.
Here is a small excerpt of the overview from TIS’s proposal:
In this brief, we describe the suggested initial steps to connect the White House to the Internet. This is not a complete proposal, nor a plan for further work. Trusted Information Systems (TIS) has provided these in earlier documents. As, always, we look forward to comments on these plans and suggestions.
Step by Step Plan for Whitehouse.gov
The brief document summarized three steps:
1. Internet Connection at Trusted Information Systems
TIS had a T1 connection to the internet through Alternet at the time and the initial White House connection would be located physically at TIS’ Glenwood, MD facility (headquarters). In the early phase, uses would connect to a dial-in terminal server set up for that purpose, then use telnet from there.
2. Introduction of a Firewall
Actually, packet-based firewalling was used in step 1 as well, but in this step, the architecture would expand to include installation of the “firewall of choice,” the Digital Equipment Corporation SEAL firewall to separate the White House systems from TIS and the Internet.
3. Move to EOP
Step 3 was the physical relocation of networking hardware to a government facility when appropriate White House personnel were ready to take over administration of the systems.
Hope you enjoy this look back at some history of computer security!
Best regards ~ @securityjones