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Sarah Zabel: USAF IT Strategy to Focus on Cyber as Program Requirement

Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel
Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel

Air Force Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel has indicated that the service’s new information technology strategy will focus on cybersecurity as a requirement for every program “right from the beginning,” Breaking Defense reported Monday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. reports that Zabel, director of cyberspace strategy and policy at the Air Force, also said the strategy does not particularly focus on the threat of electronic warfare.

The Air Force Space Command will work to resolve those concerns, Zabel said.

According to Freedberg, many networks are at risk to signal jamming as wireless technologies develop and become cheaper and the military continues to be dependent on them.

Zabel told an audience at the Air Force Association conference that efforts to build on cybersecurity requirements is important as some programs started before cyber measures became a program priority.

“They’re done, ready to go out to the Air Force, and [you ask,] ‘by the way, did anyone ever mention cybersecurity to you?’ And too many times the answer is ‘no,'” she said.

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