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Department of the Navy

Navy Mission Statement

The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the sea

Navy Strategic IT Workforce Goals

  1. Provide workforce capabilities that fully support cyberspace operations
  2. Develop competency-based planning and management processes
  3. Support required capabilities by recruiting a qualified and experienced workforce.
  4. Develop and manage the DON Cybersecurity/Information Assurance Workforce

Navy Cyber/Information Technology Trends

  • Some of the biggest changes in USN approaches to cyber center around the N2/N6 organization and the elevation of a three star to lead N2/N6.
  • Navy CIO recently stated that the Navy was “being exploited at [an] unprecedented scale by a growing array of state and non-state actors.” Due to this situation, they are working to close gaps in security across their network. Navy IT project list for 2010 include “cybersecurity, network architecture planning, more effective use of wireless spectrum, and improved IT management and information sharing.” In addition, “The Navy plans to extend public key protection to mobile devices, encrypt stored data, phase out the use of user names and passwords as log-ins to unclassified networks, and reduce the amount of personally identifiable information it stores. It has set a goal of reducing personally identifiable data breaches by 25%.”
  • The Navy reactivated the 10th fleet as the Navy Cyber Command, 10th fleet is commanded by VADM McCullough, and is their component of USCYBERCOM.
  • The DoN has approximately 14,000 full-time and 6,000 part-time and civilian personnel in the DoN cybersecurity/information assurance workforce. To make this force a stronger, more viable force, the Navy is starting new Information Systems Technician and System Administration training programs.
  • The Navy plans to extend public key protection to mobile devices, encrypt stored data, phase out the use of user names and passwords aslog-ins to unclassified networks, and reduce the amount of personally identifiable information it stores. It has set a goal of reducing personally identifiable data breaches by 25%.
  • CANES (Consolidated Afloat Networks Enterprise Service) is one of the largest IT investments in the federal government. The CANES program is meant to enable every shipboard user with the same advantages users have on land.

Assessments

The Navy has unique cyber mission needs because of the needs to protect both shore based and afloat IT. The Navy also provides forces and equipment to Joint organizations for computer network attack and computer network exploitation, and service to those missions will see increased spending.

Items of Interest

  • Robert Carey (former DON CIO) listed the DON’s top priorities as:
    • Decision Making and Governance
    • Networks/NGEN
    • Cybersecurity Capability/Investment Model
    • Enterprise Mobility
    • Web 2.0/Social Media/Collaboration
    • Privacy
    • NNE/Cloud Computing
    • Cyber/IT Workforce Skills
    • Identity Management
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection

Navy: Cloud, Consolidation to Cut IT Costs 25%

The Navy has sketched out data center and cloud computing plans for a multi-billion dollar, next-generation network it’s building for both naval forces and the Marine Corps. The Navy is attempting to reduce its non-tactical IT budget by 25% through deployment of NGEN. It will consolidate more than 80 data centers and move to cloud-based solutions.

Navy to build system for Identifying Security Threats

Navy is developing a new software-based intelligence system that fuses information from a variety of sources to more quickly and efficiently identify security threats. This system is called the “Semantic Targeting and All-source Fusion Framework” (STAFF). STAFF combs intelligence sources and uses text analytics and semantic to model and create relationships between the entities.

Navy awards four contractors cybersecurity work

Awarded by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center awarded GD$78.4M, SAIC $84.5M, Northrop Grumman $77.5M and BAH $71.6M. This group will examine science, architecture, engineering, functionality, interface and interoperability of cyberspace systems at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. This will make it hard for new work to be gained from USN.

Navy begins 24-hour operations center at Fleet Cyber Command. This enables real-time view of networks

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