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DoD works with industry on automated network intrusion defense system

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March 22, 2011
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via Info Security

The Department of Defense (DoD) is working with the private sector to develop an automated network intrusion detection and prevention system for the defense industry, a Pentagon official told Congress last week.

DoD expects to conduct a 90-day pilot of the system with around 30 defense companies, James Miller, principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy, told a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel. The system would be similar to the Einstein 3 system being developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the federal government, he said.

This active network defense system pilot could be expanded in the future if Congress provides DoD with additional authority over private sector networks, Miller told the House panel, according to a report by Fierce Government IT.

The proposed legislation would address “what set of authorities may be necessary or changes may be necessary for the Department of Defense to assist [DHS] in providing that prevention as opposed to solely focusing on response,” Miller said.

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