via Defense Systems
In an age when enemies are met online and on the battlefield, information assurance is evolving from a defensive measure into a tactical strategy. The Defense Department and other government and commercial technology experts are working hard to create an information and communications security environment that meets existing data threats and anticipates future attacks.
DOD is developing a multifaceted information assurance strategy, said Richard Hale, chief information assurance executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Hale noted that agency cyber experts are hardening networks against attack by “configuring computers properly, continuously measuring the configuration to make sure it stays secure, using add-on hardening tools in operating systems, using perimeter defenses that can shield vulnerabilities from attack, using PKI credentials to drive out anonymity in every transaction and to remove certain access control vulnerabilities.”