Frank Kendall, the acquisition chief at the Pentagon, has indicated that he will include cybersecurity requirements into the Defense Department‘s weapons procurement guidelines as well as the Better Buying Power program, Reuters reported Thursday.
Andrea Shalal writes that the defense undersecretary sees cyber threats as a “pervasive problem” and calls on increased effort to protect U.S. weapons systems and their manufacturers from attacks.
“It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them,” Kendall, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015, told Reuters.
He said he will add a special cybersecurity section to the recently released DoD acquisition guidelines and the latest version of the Better Buying Power documentation scheduled for release within the month.
President Barack Obama has allotted $5.5 billion for DoD cybersecurity programs in his budget request for fiscal year 2016 as Kendall highlights continued concerns over cyber vulnerabilities across the department, the report said.