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DIB active defense cybersecurity pilot near start

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March 22, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Technology
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via Fierce Government IT

The Defense Department is close to starting a 90-day pilot with the defense industrial base that will test an active defense capability analogous to the Homeland Security Department’s Einstein 3 effort, said a top Defense Department official during a House panel March 16.

While testifying before the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities, James Miller, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said the Pentagon has already approached defense contractors and Internet service providers about participation the pilot. In all, 30 firms will likely participate in the pilot, said Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, who also testified at the hearing.

“By way of analogue, it’s looking to, for a part of the .com, to bring what Einstein 3 is supposed to bring the .gov,” Miller said.

The DoD has already started a pilot testing greater information sharing with the private sector, Miller said. “It’s been a two-way street, it’s been very effective, and we’re looking to continue and grow that,” he added.

The active defense capability pilot could grow in the future were the Defense Department to get additional legislative authority, something that the White House could propose, Alexander and Miller said.

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