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DISA Director Proposes Looking to Cloud for Insider Threat Defense

Ronnie HawkinsDefense Information Systems Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins has urged the defense and intelligence community to examine how they can use cloud computing tools to help deter federal insider threat and privileged user abuse, FCW reported Monday.

Hawkins, speaking at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event this week, said it is important to consolidate data and analyze the information to uncover malicious attacks.

Sean Lyngaas writes that recent unauthorized disclosures have brought the subject of threat detection in sharp relief, a process the DISA director said the government has a good grip on regarding outsider activity.

“We believe we’ve got a pretty good defense in depth as we look at what the outsider threat is doing,” Hawkins said.

“But in order for us to manage the capabilities and the requirements tied to the insider threat—that’s where we’re going,” he added.

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