The Department of Defense (DoD) is at an inflection point with respect to its information networks and their security. The US military is more dependent than ever on its networks which are continually expanding, incorporating new technologies such as mobile devices and Cloud services and adding new features. In order to more effectively, efficiently and securely exploit the advantages inherent in a networked force, DoD wants to change how its networks are organized and managed. The goal of this effort is greater standardization, end-to-end visibility, improved situational awareness, economies of scale, reduced operating costs and improved security in the face of an evolving threat.
As recent events have demonstrated, the threats to DoD’s networks are increasing in numbers and sophistication. It is imperative that DoD create a next generation cyber security system, one that can counter evolving threats, including malign insiders, provide security from the chip to the Cloud, improve both the speed and effectiveness of defenses and do all this while reducing costs. The goal should be to achieve a seamless network defense, a single pane of glass, with end-to-end visibility, situational awareness, rapid information sharing and threat detection and mitigation at network speed.
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