Robert Carey: Cyber is a Team Sport

Robert Carey: Cyber is a Team Sport - top government contractors - best government contracting eventCybersecurity is a team effort, according to Department of Navy CIO Robert Carey, who will shortly leave to take over cybersecurity for the Navy.

The Navy, as all branches of DoD, relies heavily upon the interaction between Navy personnel, civilians, contractors and academia, Carey writes in his blog.

“As I step closer to the operational component of the cyber world with my move to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet, the concept of team, as it relates to cybersecurity, becomes even more important to me,” he writes. “This means industry, academia, military, civilians and contractors working together toward a singular purpose: to operate and defend the Department’s networks against attack, while enabling access to information for those who require it.”

Carey has a few suggestions for ways to approach the issue:

1) Make sure defenders are trained in the art of attack: “While I know this is done in small pockets, it has yet to become doctrine throughout the Department,” he writes. “We need to ensure that our network defenders possess the same skills and knowledge as our attackers. Our goal should be to break down the barriers between the defenders and the red teams. After all, we are all on the same team. ”

2) Don’t rely on one tool: “However, different proprietary tools produce non-interoperable solutions, which produce exploitable gaps in our defenses,” he writes. “The department’s tools must be smartly integrated into a defensive suite, using automation where appropriate so that we can, in fact, defend at Internet speeds.”

3) The Navy needs a cybersecurity investment management tool: “A dire need exists for the department, and every federal agency, to be able to plan its next investment and understand (based on what is already deployed) what we will get in return for our next investment and what the metrics-based payoff will be,” he writes. “The ultimate outcome is to reduce the number of successful attacks on the network.”

4) The Navy needs to consolidate IT infrastructure: “Our infrastructure stovepipes must be opened and secured appropriately,” he writes. “Many lower echelon commands are operating independently from mainstream networks; however, future budgets will no longer support this model, again suggesting that teamwork is needed for success.”

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