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DoD Looks to Set New Rules for Information Sharing with Contractors

DoD Looks to Set New Rules for Information Sharing with Contractors - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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DoD Looks to Set New Rules for Information Sharing with Contractors - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Department of Defense has issued new policy changes to ensure cyber security when working with companies in the defense industrial base (ie government contractors). The policy does three things:

1) Increases situational awareness among DoD and government contractors to the present nature of the threats

2) Establishes a comprehensive approach for protecting information and networks

3) Creates a cyber security partnership between government contractors and DoD

Bob Lentz, formerly deputy CIO with DoD, said in an interview with DailyBrief, “This formalizes the overall process by which DoD will be implementing protection measures and different processes to deal with Defense Industrial Base security program. It’s the information outside the core DoD information networks.”

During a recent discussion, Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, highlighted the security implications of supply chain management.

“At one point, the supply chain and the connectivity supply chain partners were relatively small, but that has changed dramatically,” Schmidt said. “Not only do we have direct connectivity with our supply chain partners, but the use of their IT systems affects the way we do things. Not only that, they are not just connected to us in one business, it’s like the spider web. We need to make sure small and medium sized businesses-the backbone of our workforce in America today — they basically have the resources and they don’t have to fight the same battles we do with the larger enterprise at the government level on a day-to-day basis.”

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