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FCW : September 30, 2015
Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen has called for industry help in changing the economics of cyber- space so that it is more costly for hack- ers to inflict damage and cheaper for the Pentagon to defend itself. “From a standpoint of cybersecuri- ty, right now we’re on the wrong side of the financial spectrum here. We’re losing,” Halvorsen said at an AFCEA NOVA conference in Vien- na, Va., earlier this month. “The truth is, you can spend a little bit of money and a little bit of time and exploit some of our weak- nesses and cause us to have to spend a lot of money [and] a lot of time” responding to the threat. “If you have an impending need to survive, you will innovate,” he said, adding that DOD networks are “get- ting shot at” — virtually — every day. DOD spends about $44 billion annu- ally on cybersecurity and IT, Halvor- sen said. Moreover, the cost of clean- ing up a mess like the recent hack of Office of Personnel Management sys- tems is hefty. DOD and OPM recently announced a $133 million contract to Halvorsen wants to change economics of cyberspace is the proposed pay raise for federal employees in 2016 1.3% Trending provide identity and credit monitoring services for some of the victims of the data breach. The contract covers con- tractors and current and former federal employees across government, not just DOD employees. Halvorsen told the defense contrac- tors at the AFCEA NOVA conference that the Pentagon needs more auto- mated tools for cyber defense because simply hiring more people won’t solve the problem. Furthermore, focusing on endpoint protection alone won’t get the job done, he added, echoing a strategy pushed by security experts who encourage their clients to assume hackers will penetrate network perimeters. Halvorsen also singled out soft- ware integration as a challenge to his mission and said it has animated his approach to the Joint Regional Secu- rity Stacks. He spoke with a great sense of urgency, which might be attributed to the two-hour meeting on cybersecurity he had had that morning with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Halvorsen described the meeting as a special cyber session in which participants agreed that DOD needed to adapt to an evolving threat landscape and to “accept that in this business...the rate of change is going to happen much quicker.” At the conference, Halvorsen also dis- cussed several ongo- ing IT initiatives at the Pentagon. In the fiscal year that begins next month, civilian employees of DOD will do six-month rotations with private firms to learn tricks of the trade, he said. The pro- gram had previously only been open to uniformed personnel. The Pentagon is also increasingly using mobile devices, Halvorsen said, adding that in the fall, the depart- ment will field smartphones capa- ble of securely accessing top-secret information. — Sean Lyngaas “If you have an impending need to survive, you will innovate.” — TERRY HALVORSEN, DOD September 30, 2015 FCW.COM 3 FCW CALENDAR GCN Gala FCW’s sister publication will showcase this year’s GCN Award winners, executives of the year and the 2015 Rising Stars. McLean, Va. gcn.com/gala Big data The Army’s Gary Good, NASA’s Daniel Duffy and GSA’s Ryan Swann are among the speakers at this FCW event on mission-centric analytics. Washington, D.C . fcw.com/BigDataAnalytics 10/14 10/6 Acquisition The Federal IT Acquisition Summit will feature experts on CDM and reverse auctions, and in-depth discussions on GSA Alliant, Army CHESS, NASA SEWP V and NIH CIO-CS . Washington, D.C . fcw.com/fias 10/20 ZAIDHAMID 0915fcw_003-008.indd 3 9/8/15 4:22 PM
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