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Terry Halvorsen: DoD’s Network Update Efforts to Focus on JRSS Deployment

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

Terry Halvorsen, chief information officer at the Defense Department, has said DoD’s efforts to update its information networks will focus on the deployment of the Joint Regional Security Stacks, DoD News reported Monday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Halvorsen told reporters at a media roundtable event that JRSS is designed to reduce the Pentagon’s potential access points to fewer than 50 in an effort to protect DoD networks from cyber threats.

Halvorsen, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, said that his office will also prioritize the consolidation of data centers and push for the implementation of mobile data access platforms.

He cited such priorities in his written testimony during the March 22 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subpanel.

“At the end of this month we will have released the wireless guide on how to use wireless that will… be more for internal wireless networks,” he said.

“Very rapidly to follow will be our guest network inside the Pentagon, and how to [use] that.”

Halvorsen also told reporters his plans to work on a bill that aims to help DoD attract information technology and cybersecurity professionals through industry partnerships.

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