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Robert Ferrell: Army Seeks to Align IT Programs With DoD Cyber Goals

Robert Ferrell
Robert Ferrell

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, chief information officer at the U.S. Army, has highlighted several of the military branch’s information technology programs that he believes are aligned with a new Defense Department-wide cyber strategy.

Ferrell writes in a blog post published April 23 that both DoD’s Cyber Strategy and the Army’s “Win in a Complex World” Operating Concept aim to address threats to military systems running on an interconnected environment.

He said the branch is working to build a comprehensive framework to train active-duty service members and civilian personnel on cybersecurity.

The Army also partnered with the Defense Information Systems Agency and the National Security Agency to plan the development of a cloud-based security architecture for Joint Information Environment, according to Ferrell.

He added the military service launched a program to develop an integrated system for the branch to detect, mitigate and deter insider threats.

Ferrell also noted the Army has started to transition to the Risk Management Framework, which specifies security controls for federal information systems.

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