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Pentagon Tech Chief Points To Big Problem In Protecting Networks

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February 22, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Requirements
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China’s New Year celebration last month wasn’t a holiday just for the Chinese. It was also a brief respite for the thousands of specialists who defend America’s military and intelligence networks, since the volume of cyber attacks always seems to fall off when the Middle Kingdom is having a holiday.

However, nobody engaged in the Pentagon’s twilight struggle for dominance of cyberspace is in a celebratory mood, because after four years of ratcheting up spending on better defenses, military information networks remain vulnerable to exploitation, disruption, and outright destruction. In fact, the Department of Defense may actually be losing ground in the cyber struggle according to a January report by the Pentagon’s head of testing, which noted a lack of preparedness and deterioration of standards in network defenses.

The defense department’s most senior weapons buyer, Frank Kendall, knows one reason why his organization is having trouble keeping up with the threat in cyberspace: a procurement system designed to satisfy lawyers rather than warfighters. In remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on February 6, Kendall said that development of cyber defenses needs to be removed from normal bureaucratic channels, because they’re too slow to deliver timely solutions.

via Forbes, continued here.