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Matthew Swartz: Navy Eyes Network Compartmentalization as Cyber Approach

Matthew Swartz
Matthew Swartz

Matthew Swartz, lead for the U.S. Navy‘s Task Force Cyber Awakening, said the military service looks to develop a layered defense system as part of its approach to protecting its information technology networks, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes Swartz estimated that fixing all cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the Navy’s network infrastructure would cost the branch approximately $8 billion.

“If I want to address it vulnerability-by-vulnerability, it’s unexecutable because of the nature of the Navy, and it’s also unaffordable because nobody can possibly reprogram that much money,” Swartz, director for communications and networks under the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, told an audience at a naval IT forum last week.

“So, we’re going to have to prioritize, and we’re doing it based on consequence,” he added, according to the station.

The branch established Task Force Cyber Awakening to ensure that any technology the branch acquires will comply with a forthcoming set of “cyber safe” policies.

Serbu reports the task force also seeks to divide Navy computer systems into sections to contain any intrusion at boundaries within the service’s network.

“We need to inject technologies so that we can be more maneuverable and compartmentalize the platform in ways that let us be both more proactive and reactive,” Swartz told the forum audience.

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