Intense worries about cybersecurity mean system owners are stacking up cyber tools to help protect their organizations, often duplicating features and capabilities in the process. The problem: There’s no sure way to measure the effectiveness of one tool over another.
The global shortage of IT and cyber talent pits industries against each other in a battle for talent. While salary makes a difference and perks are attractive, the most important reasons current employees often choose to stay put are mission, flexibility and good, old-fashioned appreciation.
Agile and DevOps software methodologies depend on automation’s torrid development pace and its ability to scan for flaws and test performance.
The biggest threat of the Spectre and Meltdown cyber vulnerabilities is the possibility they can breach virtual boundaries, gaining access to multitenant cloud environments.
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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.
The U.S. Department of Defense will soon start sending more secure emails.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the body in charge of the Pentagon’s email, said it plans to enable stronger encryption on all emails by July 2018.
Brief synopsis of article: The Pentagon is focusing in on software-defined networking to further modernize its networks. The Defense Department’s Joint Service Provider – a relatively new consolidated arm of the Defense Information Systems Agency that provides IT specifically within the National Capital Region – is hoping to improve how JSP can successfully implement a Software Defined Network solution and modernize the DoD network.
A year after then-chief information officer Terry Halvorsen first publicly floated the idea of killing DoD’s Common Access Card in favor of a collection of more flexible authentication technologies, the Pentagon is beginning to test drive at least one of the potential replacements for the CAC.
Last week, the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental reached an agreement with Plurilock Technologies, a Victoria, British Columbia-based firm that holds several patents on behavior-based authentication (or, “behaviour-based,” to our friends to the north).
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.