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FCW : October 2015
The Navy is trying to get a handle on its cyberthreat exposure. But without a running tally of IT systems and the origins of their components, network operators don’t know what’s on or off and what’s vulnerable or secure. Navy officials want to build on the momentum of the yearlong Task Force Cyber Awakening to drive a lasting, secure cyber posture at the service. And so in September, the chief of naval operations established the Navy Cyber- security Division, a 40-person office responsible for evaluating big cyber- security investments and ensuring that policy requirements are met. Troy Johnson leads the new cyber division. He spent 22 years as a cryptol- ogist and information operations plan- ner in the Navy and played an integral role in the cyber task force. Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of naval operations for informa- tion dominance, said one of the chief tasks for the new division’s leaders will need to “make sure that they have the requirements right at the front end so we can bake in some of the cyberse- curity, as opposed to having it bolted on like we have done up until now.” The task force was a deep dive into Navy establishes permanent cyber division NASA-patented technologies are now being offered to startups for free 1,200 Trending the cybersecurity postures of the ser- vice’s many components, from the Naval Sea Systems Command to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. It set priorities for boost- ing resiliency and led the Navy to real- locate approximately $300 million in its fiscal 2016 budget to help address cyber vulnerabilities. The task force came at “a time of need,” Branch said during an Oct. 1 press briefing. “We had a lot going on without a lot of focus and pursuit of our 2013 incursion.” Branch was referring to a breach attributed to Iranian hackers of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, the ser- vice’s massive internal computer net- work. A months-long operation known as Operation Rolling Tide drove the hackers off the unclassified portion of NMCI and has become a blue- print for the Navy’s cybersecurity operations. Task Force Cyber Awakening ini- tially focused on the transport layer of Navy networks, where the 2013 breach had occurred, Branch said. Drawing on modeling done by experts at Johns Hopkins University, the task force ranked and prioritized vulnerabilities on Navy networks and then suggested remedies. Officials later broadened the scope of the assessments to include weapons and facility systems. The systems commands that con- tribute the building blocks of Navy net- works need to mature, Branch said. “The expertise that needs to be resi- dent in systems commands for design and engineering frankly isn’t there yet, certainly not in the capacity that we need it to be,” he added. — Sean Lyngaas October 2015 FCW.COM 3 FCW CALENDAR Cloud and mobile EPA’s Harrell Watkins, DHS’ Robert Palmer and GSA’s Stan Kaczmarczyk will speak at Washington Technology’s Cloud and Mobility Industry Day. Falls Church, Va. http://is.gd/WT_cloud Acquisition ACT-IAC will host a discussion on “Overcoming the Challenges of Acquiring Agile Digital Services in Government,” with acquisition experts from 18F, DHS and U.S. Digital Service. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/FCW_agile_acquisition 11/10 11/5 Public safety IT DOD’s Joseph Wassel and U.S . Marshals Service’s Karl Mathias are among the speakers at AFCEA Bethesda’s panel on trends in law enforcement and public safety IT. Bethesda, Md. http://is.gd/FCW_law_IT 11/19 NAVY.MIL “The expertise that needs to be resident in systems commands for design and engineering frankly isn’t there yet.” — VICE ADM. TED BRANCH, NAVY 1015fcw_003-009.indd 3 10/14/15 12:55 PM
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