DIB cybersecurity pilot has stopped 'hundreds' of intrusions, says Lynn

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About 20 companies participate in the Defense Department's 90-day pilot for an active network defense capability for the defense industrial base analogous to the Homeland Security Department's Einstein 3 effort, said Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn.

During an address to the 2011 DISA Customer and Industry Forum in Baltimore, Md., Lynn said the sharing of malicious code signatures gathered through intelligence efforts to pilot participants has already stopped "hundreds of intrusions."

Lynn also laid blame for intrusions into military and defense industrial base networks on "foreign intelligence services," stating that they have stolen military plans, weapons system designs, source code and other intellectual property.

"This kind of cyber exploitation does not have the dramatic impact of a conventional military attack," Lynn said. "But over the long term, it has a deeply corrosive effect. It blunts our edge in military technology and saps our competitiveness in the global economy."

Foreign intruders have extracted terabytes of data from defense companies, he added.

"The pilot also appears to be cost effective," Lynn said, perhaps reflecting a new age of cost-consciousness at the Pentagon. In a similar vein, Lynn said the DoD has closed eight data centers since the Office of Management and Budget began pressuring agencies to reduce their number.

The DoD intends to close another 44 data centers by the end of this fiscal year, Lynn said. That means, if the current week is counted as a whole week, that the DoD will have to close data centers at a rate of 6.29 a week to meet that goal, since the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

For more:
- read Lynn's remarks to the DISA conference

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