The Defense Department must keep closer tabs on IT personnel and take steps to punish those who compromise the security of military networks, said the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Improvements in cybersecurity across the Defense Department will require tighter internal controls, Air Force Maj. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. said March 31 at the Air Force Association’s “CyberFutures” conference. “We need to look at individual actors, and that’s you and I,” he told an audience of service members and industry representatives.
Hawkins said that every network use must be educated and trained about Internet security. Part of the problem today is that those who make laws and regulations may not fully understand the nuance of cybersecurity. He suggested online training and official certification for everyone — from senior leaders down to the rank and file.