Department of Justice
The mission of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
The DOJ is comprised of 40 component organizations, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Attorney General is the head of the DOJ and chief law enforcement officer of the federal government. The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters, advises the President and the heads of the executive departments of the government, and occasionally appears in person before the Supreme Court.
With a budget of approximately $25 billion, the DOJ is the world’s largest law office and the central agency for the enforcement of federal laws.
DoJ IT Strategic Plan
- Share Business Solutions
- Share Information
- Share Infrastructure
- Strengthen IT Security
- Strengthen IT Management
Cyber/Information Technology Trends
- The DOJ is obviously on two sides of the cyber security market — they are both protecting their networks, while tracking and prosecuting cyber criminals
- DoJ has to worry a lot about interoperability, intercommunications and information sharing to help DHS and their varied agencies succeed
The department of justice security requirements including significant needs to protect privacy and to maintain chain of custody in ways that will support court cases.
Items of Interest
DOJ Technology Budget to be cut
Recent vote on the DOJ technology budget aims to cut funding by $45.9M in the next budget year. These cuts are affecting the Justice Information Sharing Technology project. Departments affected will include the Law Enforcement Sharing Program, the Unified Financial Management System, the DoJ’s cybersecurity program and the Joint Automated Booking System.
Blue Ridge Networks Awarded Cybersecurity Contract by US DoJ
Blue Ridge received BPA to secure remote access for more than 9,000 users. This solution will enable Executive Office for United States Attorneys to eliminate network vulnerabilities and smartcard exploitations and prevent network penetration.
The DoJ will migrate the following services to the cloud
- Infrastructure Services
- Capital Planning Software
20 Winners on DoJ IT Support Systems 4
IDIQ task order-based contract provides comprehensive information management technology systems. Also provides DoJ with pre-qualified team of IT experts with experience and past performance. This is a huge contract for IT services to DoJ, and almost all but excludes any other service offerings.
Coreflood Botnet taken down
The Coreflood Botnet infected more than 2M computers worldwide, with keylogging malware that enabled the operators to steal as much as $100M. The DoJ issued orders forcing re-routing of malware traffic to servers that protect infected computers.
DOJ asking for $18.6M for Computer Intrusion Initiative
The FBI’s Computer Intrusion Initiative will bolster the FBI’s capability to respond to intrusions. The FBI finds counterterrorism, counterintelligence and criminal priorities in their investigations. These intrusions can lead to IP theft, personally identifiable information loss and online fraud.
Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center stood up
This is a way for state and local governments to work together to enhance cyber-threat prevention, protection, and response and recovery. After DoJ + DHS set up local fusion centers to help disseminate information, the MS-ISAC will further push cyber information to state and local government.
ManTech on down-select for Huge DoJ IT Services contract
The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has one base year and seven option years, with a total ceiling value of $30 billion for all awardees, making it the largest contract ever awarded by the FBI. Under the FBI IT Supplies and Support Services (FBI IT Triple S) contract, ManTech will provide technology services including secured communications, application development, systems engineering, cyber security, counter-terrorism analytics, tactical biometrics, system operations and maintenance, and other information technology support.
- According to Vance Hitch, CIO, the DoJ:
- needs dependable 100% uptime operations
- need geospatial and web2.0 technology mash-ups
- needs help to deliver secure applications to disadvantaged users
- Cyber Strategies: National Security Versus Child Pornography (informationweek.com)
- FBI casts broad net in Anonymous crackdown (infoworld.com)
- Anonymous hacktivists dump 1.7GB load slurped from DoJ site (go.theregister.com)
- Anonymous Breaches the DoJ, Bomb Threat at NSA Data Center, and More (fedcyber.com)
- Cyber Attacks on Pipelines, DoJ Ransomware, and More (fedcyber.com)
- Anonymous releases 1.7GB of data following new Department of Justice hack (thenextweb.com)
- Anonymous Breaches the DoJ, Bomb Threat at NSA Data Center, and More (ctovision.com)
- Scalzi, Stross, Shatzkin on DoJ, publishers, and Amazon (teleread.com)