Common Cyber Standards Will Steamroller Hold-Outs: DoD Officials

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30 January 2019

WASHINGTON: Three top cyber officials told Congress yesterday they now have the authority to crack heads together and impose common cybersecurity standards across the Defense Department.

A DISA schematic of the Department of Defense Information Networks (DoDIN).

Dana Deasy, the Pentagon CIO, told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on cybersecurity that he “absolutely” has the full support of Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to use new congressionally-granted authorities to force reforms. So, he said, expect “a lot of noise” from “people who are going to be very uncomfortable.”

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, who heads a congressionally charted Cross Functional Team of cyber experts from across the Defense Department, warned it would be a “bad year” for anyone who wants to cling to the old, fragmented way of doing business.

And Navy Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, who heads network defense for Cyber Command, said her HQ is fully operational and has full authority to “issue orders and directives to all DoD components” about securing the department’s 15,000 networks.

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