via AFCEA Signal
When it comes to the transition for C4I systems to cloud computing architectures, both the challenge–and the promise–boils down to “getting the right information to the right individual at the right time–and [doing] it securely.”
Teri Takai, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks, and DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), offered her thoughts on the path to cloud computing as the keynote speaker to the AFCEA Solutions series conference, “Critical Issues in C4I”, sponsored by AFCEA International and George Mason University C4I Center.
Takai, who comes to the Defense community from a long stint as CIO for the state of California, told the C4I attendees that, especially in the cloud computing environment, technology continues to develop much faster than our ability to keep up, especially in the way that this technology is procured.
Acknowledging that it’s “hard to go to a conference these days where they aren’t talking about the cloud,” Takai offered a progress report on some of the current initiatives in her office relevant to the Defense Department’s transition to the cloud. For example, she outlined a broad set of initiatives aimed at computer network defense focusing on:
- Insider threats: detecting anomalous behavior to detect threats originating from within organizations;
- A set of pilot programs in the defense / industrial base: “We’re getting fantastic results,” said Takai, noting that the pilot programs are uncovering thousands of incidents;
- A Federal-wide supply chain risk management strategy, including a working agreement signed yesterday between Defense Secretary Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the area of cyber security