Forcepoint’s George Kamis: Agencies Need Cross-Domain Approach to Secure Data Flow

George Kamis
George Kamis

George Kamis, chief technology officer for global governments and critical infrastructure at Forcepoint, has said that effective cross-domain defenses require barriers such as firewalls that enable smooth collaboration without exposing critical data to cyber threats.

Kamis wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on GCN that organizations need to remove logistical barriers in their digital infrastructure while allowing firewall defenses to support various protocols for a range of applications including Zoom and Microsoft teaming software.

Agencies must additionally implement network security requirements that meet standards such as the National Security Agency's “Raise the Bar“ program to support cross-domain approaches, he noted.

According to Kamis, NSA's initiative comes as part of ongoing efforts to ensure that agencies apply integrated cross-domain and unidirectional data flow requirements in their high-risk cyber infrastructure by the end of 2021.

“It's no secret that cyberattacks are an omnipresent threat for government agencies that must balance the need to isolate networks with the need for rapid communication between those networks, as is required for critical missions,“ he said.

“This layering allows for the sharing of information between classification levels and the ingestion of data from high-threat networks without creating untenable, unnecessary risk.“

You may also be interested in...

Raytheon SM-3

General Dynamics to Produce Missile Seeker Components for Raytheon SM-3 Interceptor

Raytheon Technologies has awarded General Dynamics a pair of contracts worth $43 million combined to manufacture seeker components for two new variants of the Standard Missile-3 system. General Dynamics said Monday its mission systems unit will provide optical hardware to Raytheon's missiles and defense business for integration into the SM-3 Block IB and IIA interceptors.

Stephanie Mango President CGI Federal

CGI Awarded Spot on Potential $12.6B DIA Contract for IT Services; Stephanie Mango Quoted

CGI announced on Tuesday that it has secured a position on the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) III contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for the delivery of information technology (IT) mission support services. The contract has a 10-year period and a potential ceiling value of $12.6 billion.

OSIRIS-REx

Lockheed-Made Spacecraft Brings Asteroid Samples in Return Trip to Earth

A Lockheed Martin-made spacecraft is now on its way back to Earth after a mission to explore and gather samples on the Bennu asteroid. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft carries asteroid samples as it flies back to Earth's orbit over a 1.4-billion-mile, two-year trip, which is expected to include two rotations around the Sun, Lockheed said Monday.