Tag Archives: Department of Defense

Navy to Create Cyber Command

The Navy will set up a coordinated cyber command to improve cyber capabilities, according to the Chief of Naval Operations. The new unit will function as the Navy’s contribution to the overall Cyber Command being set up within the DoD. The Navy is going to combine communications network operations and …

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October is Cyber Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicked off on Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The event, sponsored by The National Cyber Security Alliance and endorsed by close to 100 organizations (including The New New Internet), brought in notable speakers, particularly the secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano and …

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10 Cybersecurity Game Changers to Watch in 2010

The field of cybersecurity is becoming increasingly relevant to discussions on national security. President Barack Obama placed cybersecurity in the forefront of his national security policy. In his speech May 29, 2009, Obama stated: “From now on, our digital infrastructure…will be treated as they should be: as a strategic security …

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NIST Publishes Updated Report on Government Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a report updated from its 2005 version on recommended standards on security controls for federal organizations. The report is meant to create a centralized set of requirements and controls that cover both the national security communities and civilian agencies. The report …

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DoD Needs Better Management System

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report citing the Department of Defense still needs to improve portions of its system for developing and acquiring new software products. GAO was investigating the implementation of the Software and Systems Process Improvement throughout the DoD. SSPI is meant to increase the effectiveness …

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$10 Million Contract Awarded to General Dynamics

The Defense Department has awarded a $10 million, one-year contract with four options, to General Dynamics. The contract outlines a plan for the Special Operations Command to receive assistance from the firm in the implementation of the Trans-Regional Web Initiative. This initiative will allow the Special Operations Command to reach …

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Northrop Could Sell TASC Unit for Up to $2B

Northrop Grumman is looking to sell TASC, its unit that advises military and intelligence agencies in a deal that could be worth up to $1 to $2 billion. The Department of Defense has tightened its conflict-of-interest rules this year as ordered by Congress on firms like Northrop’s TASC. Many contractors …

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Government Seeks Technology 'Geeks' Through Cyber Challenge

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced  a new initiative entitled the U.S. Cyber Security Challenge. With participation from the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, the Air Force Association and the SANS Institute, 10,000 tech-savvy high school and college students will compete through a variety of exercises, including live competitions, that …

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Cyber Command: Gates Makes it Official

Through a quiet three-page memo on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the Department of Defense’s commitment to a new cyber military command center titled Cybercom. The announcement reflects growing emphases of the Obama administration’s revamping and centralization of cyber security. The creation of the White House cyber coordinator and the centralization …

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DoD’s Robert Lentz: Three ways to strengthen public-private partnership in cyber security

Recently, when members of the armed forces spoke before Congress on the government’s cybersecurity preparedness, the Pentagon’s top information-security official, Robert Lentz, offered this sobering statistic: Last year, DoD detected 360 million attempts to breach its networks — up from six million just three years ago. The threat isn’t going …

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