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Katrina McFarland: Pentagon Developing Weapons Cybersecurity Rules

Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland

The Defense Department is preparing new rules for weapons acquisition and guidelines on what program managers should do to avoid hacking of military technologies, Reuters reported Sunday.

Andrea Shalal writes Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, said DoD could finalize the documents in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015.

McFarland told Reuters that the agency will issue a cybersecurity guidebook to encourage procurement and program officials to share cyber threat data in order to protect weapons from malicious intrusion.

DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told the publication that the agency has also implemented preemptive measures against cyber sabotage on U.S. weapon systems.

The department issued a policy in November 2014 requiring contractors to adopt security standards in unclassified defense network management activities and to report any cyber incident that led to data loss within that network.

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