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Maj. Gen. John Davis: Partnerships as Driver of DoD Cybersecurity Policy

MG John A. DavisArmy Maj. Gen. John A. Davis said the kind of partnerships that the government maintains is a key factor that drives the Pentagon’s cyber security policy, the American Forces Press Service reported June 12.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Davis, who is acting deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy at the DoD, characterized cyber as a “team sport” that needs cooperation and communication to succeed.

“There’s no doubt everybody’s got a part to play, but there’s no single organization—public or private—that has sufficient expertise, talent, resources, capabilities, authorities or capacity to act or be successful in isolation,” the general told participates at a recent forum in Arlington.

These DoD partnerships include those within the department, with other federal agencies, with industry and with its counterparts abroad, he added.

Davis also identified balancing the opportunities with the risks that technology brings as another driver of the agency’s cyber policy.

“Technology and technological development… have historically focused more on opportunity,” he said.

“We always chase technology, and security’s always behind and trying to keep up,” added the general, although he noted that the balance seems to be shifting, albeit at a slow pace.

The last week’s forum, entitled Army Networks and Cyber Security in Force 2025, was hosted by the Institute of Land Warfare.

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