The guidance essentially codifies certain actions that have already occurred. For example, in August, Amazon Web Services became the first authorized commercial cloud provider to host sensitive unclassified data for DoD.
The Pentagon has issued a request for information seeking current or emerging technologies that could provide a military advantage to the United States and its allies over the next 15 years.
Researchers at the Defense Department are seeking proposals to improve the understanding of complex computing environments with an eye toward identifying and preventing sophisticated and advanced cyber attacks.
Defense Department Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen is working with commanders, including U.S. Cyber Commander Adm. Michael Rogers, to set cyber technical and mission standards across the department. A core focus of the effort is standardizing the way data is output, said Halvorsen during a Dec. 5 press call.
The Defense Department will begin going live with pieces of its Joint Regional Security Stacks on January 1 and will continue rolling out JRSS across locations with the goal of reaching all JRSS installations by the end of 2016, said DoD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen. JRSS will reach initially operating capability across the DoD network by the end of 2016, and JRSS capability will be 98 percent complete by the end of 2017, he said.
Two years after the Defense Department released a strategy to implement cloud computing, several elements have still not been completed that could potentially result in lost cost savings, decreased effectiveness and lower security – findings that the department disagreed with, a Dec. 4 audit revealed.
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, will be rolled in to the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Dec. 3 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight.
The threat of a "cyber Pearl Harbor" – a hotly debated term after then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta used the phrase in a 2012 address – isn't just an idea used for shock value; a cyber attack with catastrophic effects on the United States is very possible, according to an expert on cyber military operations.
The Navy's information networks must be available, secure and capable of serving as warfighting platforms, said the head of Navy Cyber Command during a Dec. 2 event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The IG said IPv6 hasn't been made a priority by the chief information officer and U.S. Cyber Command. Additionally, DoD's CIO, CYBERCOM and the Defense Information Systems Agency didn't have an effective and coordinated effort nor did it use available resources toward transition to the higher protocol.