OneNet vs. IC ITE vs. JIE: 3 Ways to Consolidate Fed Networks
President Trump’s Cyber Executive Order calls for consolidating federal networks into a single architecture. Here’s how three parts of government are already doing just that.
While the Pentagon’s 2015 Cyber Strategy emphasizes the importance of effective cyber deterrence, the U.S. has yet to develop a clear deterrent policy that would raise the stakes for adversaries and dissuade them from considering on how it will respond to cyber attacks on critical national infrastructure.
The new agency takes over Federal security clearance reviews Oct. 1 and aims to apply automation and digitization to tackle a backlog that’s surpassed 500,000 investigations.
The Navy’s and Marine Corps’ enterprise IT program is preparing for a major generational update by planning to break down NGEN – its next-generation information technology program – into smaller pieces. By using a multi-phased acquisition approach, the NGEN-Recompete (NGEN-R) program aims to add choice and cut costs.
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The new administration’s extended transition process has led to an unusual circumstance in which there are literally zero politically-appointed acquisition officials anywhere in the Defense Department. Such a scenario might seem like an unlikely time for DoD to make major changes to the way it buys information technology, but that’s exactly what the career civil servant who’s currently leading the department’s vast acquisition apparatus hopes to do over the next year.
For the U.S. Army, the global war on terror is beginning to look like the good old days. It was a long fight that is not yet over, and as usual, the Army has suffered most of the joint-force casualties, but at least terrorists don’t have long-range fires, tactical aircraft, heavy armor, sophisticated cyber weapons or electronic-warfare capabilities.
Intelligence drives operations. The same can be said for quick-reaction cyber forces when responding to an incident.
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn took over as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency in July 2015, assuming leadership of the agency after previously serving as vice director and as chief of staff. He’s also spent time leading Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and Army Signal Center of Excellence, priming him to lead the Defense Department’s mission-critical IT agency.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is undertaking a comprehensive modernization effort for endpoint security.
Frank Kendall, the US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, on the prospect of another continuing resolution, Congress’ proposal to use Overseas Contingency Operations funds to boost the Pentagon’s base budget, and DoD concerns with reform proposals.
One of the U.S. Air Force’s most important online portals is now running in the cloud.
MyPers, the Air Force’s personnel portal for 1.7 million active duty and retired airmen, civilian and reservists, began operating in July out of an Oracle-managed off-premise cloud specifically designed and secured to handle some of the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified workloads.
Adversarial capabilities writ large have significantly improved vis-à-vis the United States (hence the necessity of the Defense Department’s so-called third offset strategy). One of these areas causing concern is that of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).
The Department of Defense announced today that it has awarded a contract to HackerOne and Synack to create a new contract vehicle for DOD components and the services to easily launch their own ‘bug bounty’ challenges, similar to Hack the Pentagon, with the ultimate objective to normalize the crowd-sourced approach to digital defenses.