Victor Gavin: Navy to Focus on Network Security, Visibility, Modernization

Victor Gavin
Victor Gavin

Victor Gavin, the U.S. Navy‘s program executive officer for enterprise information systems, has pointed to network security and visibility as his top priorities as he continues to work with his counterparts and other government agencies.

Gavin told C4ISR & Networks’ Barry Rosenberg in an interview published Wednesday that with majority of the Navy’s networks already consolidated, the service is collaborating with the Defense Information Systems Agency to provide visibility into the Navy’s data and network.

He said he is looking into the joint regional security stacks program alongside his office’s support for the Joint Information Environment.

“A big part of the [JRSS] is providing that visibility and the analytics necessary for folks to use.”

He also noted the difference of the Navy’s PEO-EIS from those of other military branches in enterprise IT acquisition as it follows a commercial service delivery model to modernize its networks and systems.

“[What] we’ve learned . . . is that delivering these products as a service is the direction things are going. That’s how we set up the [Next-Generation Enterprise Network] as a service-type contract delivering up to 34 services.”

Gavin also said NGEN is a contract based on the lowest-price/technically acceptable contracting approach.

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