DoD’s inspector general says the regional security stacks are still hampered by inadequate requirements planning and insufficient training for cyber defenders.
The Defense Information Systems Agency acknowledges problems with DoD’s Joint Regional Security Stacks, says it’s working through “mission partner concerns” in five areas.
For the second year in a row, the director of Operational Test and Evaluation said the Joint Regional Security Stacks are neither operationally effective nor operationally suitable.
The Defense Department will consolidate the 28 agencies of the fourth estate’s networks into just two. Currently, they serve on 34 different networks.
Terry Halvorsen, who has been the Defense Department’s chief information officer since the summer of 2014, said Wednesday that he will retire from government service on Feb. 28, but that the department’s current IT policies and priorities are unlikely to undergo significant changes during the transition to a new administration.
A major Defense Department initiative to protect the military services’ computer networks with a shared system of regionalized cybersecurity centers will face new scrutiny in 2017, both from Congress and from the department’s inspector general.
The Defense Department is taking growing pains in stride as it continues to work on its multi-year implementation plan of the cybersecurity system, the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS).
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s cyber defense headquarters has been involved in seven named operations since it started its duties in January.
Defense technology officials told House lawmakers that progress toward a Joint Information Environment would be delayed by two-to-three years if budget caps remain in place.
Dave Bennett, DISA’s chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.