Cybersecurity contracting scope goes global

Roger Krone, president, Network & Space Systems, Boeing

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By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor

Recently the White House has come out with policies for trusted IDs, for domestic cyber security, and for international cooperation in cyberspace.

It’s that last part that has the industry buzzing, as Roger Krone, the president of Boeing Network & Space Systems explained for Federal News Radio.

“At Boeing,” said Krone, “we see the global span of the network in what we do everyday.”

The company’s VPN extends to every country that operates Boeing aircraft, he said, “and we see the need for a policy and standards to extend just as our own internal Boeing network extends globally.”

Every company has a vested interest to secure its own network, said Krone, “but what that has caused is a unequal, uncoordinated set of protections. So Boeing may be doing it one way, another large global corporation would do it another way and it’s almost to the point where you end up with VHS and Beta. Both work well. Both accomplish their goals and objectives. As you start to move information from one network to another network, as each corporation becomes more dissimilar in the way we do firewalls, in the way we do inspections and we do fast-switching and other things to create a secure cyber-environment for our own use, it’s going to make what the network was supposed to provide in the beginning, this wonderful interoperability, more and more difficult. And the key to, if you will, this ubiquitous global network is the ability to interoperate, and we believe there is an inherently governmental role in establishing standards and standards for security that allow us to continue to operate, if you will, in this highway system.”

The impact on industry as a whole, noted Krove is that as more global standards take effect, it will make everyone’s job easier. “We will share best practices, we’ll share these standards, and at the second and third tier vendor level, they’ll be designing goods and services against a standard that will be more ubiquitous and more used by all.”

Which, noted Krone, will benefit to everyone in the supply chain, as well as every user of the web.

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily Cybersecurity Update. For more cybersecurity news, click here.