Air Force Space Head Wants 'Holistic' Cyber Defense Plan

Air Force Space Head Wants 'Holistic' Cyber Defense Plan - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Defense and intelligence officials told the Senate Tuesday that the U.S. needs new strategy to mitigate cyber attacks.

Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, is also looking ahead to gauge what cyber defense his Pentagon division will need in order to maintain security, DoD Buzz reports. 

Shelton said that while it is difficult to see 20 months ahead since elements of the cyber landscape change so frequently, the Air Force is beginning to apply the holistic approach it uses for real world defense to its cyber strategy.

Air and cyber domains increasingly blend and the Air Force must be transparent in order to protect systems that will plug directly into the Global Information Grid, Shelton said.

According to DoD Buzz, Shelton wants a network with sensors and redundancies that will be able to spot irregularities or unwanted users on the network, which would be a shift from the traditional defense method into one ridden with layers.

Shelton also wants the Air Force to have predictive capabilities since it is unable to monitor and defend every possible outlet or inlet. 

The Air Force also has to consider which assets to protect, Shelton said.

Some parts of the network do not need as much defense and protection as others and the Air Force should allocate its efforts accordingly, he said. 

Shelton wants a network that can disable bad applications and switch to a new operating system.

Shelton said the Pentagon and its affiliate divisions are discussing how the network will be centrally managed or controlled.

The Pentagon is also discussing what personnel will be responsible for cyber efforts in what locations, according to Shelton. 

 

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