Defense Department Acting CIO Terry Halvorsen outlined his information technology priorities for the department during a Feb. 25 hearing with the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, DoD News reported Thursday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes Halvorsen highlighted the implementation of the Joint Regional Security Stacks to boost network security in support of the Joint Information Environment initiative.
Halvorsen told the panel JRSS deployment and software fielding work should finish by the end of next year, with operational capability scheduled for early 2017.
His office has also worked to align business and IT processes at DoD and utilize contract benchmarks to reduce costs, the report said.
Other focus areas include mobility and other related tools for the cyber workforce, as well as the continued standardization of security requirements for DoD’s future investments in commercial cloud.
“We’ve revised who can buy cloud, allowing the services now to go directly to the provider without going through [the Defense Information Systems Agency], and put DISA in the role of… making sure the department meets security requirements in cloud policy and implementation,” Halvorsen said.
He added that the cloud directive also works to facilitate further partnerships with industry, according to the report.