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Pentagon Initiative Urges Personnel to Help Protect DoD Networks from Cyber Threats

cybersecurityThe Defense Department has introduced a new program that aims to teach individuals across the department how to safeguard the DoD Information Networks from potential cyber attacks, DoD News reported Wednesday.

An internal memo obtained by the publication says the DoD Cybersecurity Culture Compliance Initiative will carry out its mission through five operational principles–level of knowledge, questioning attitude, procedural compliance, integrity, and formality and backup, Cheryl Pellerin writes.

The initiative will focus on the enhancement of “individual human performance and accountability in mutual support of the DoD Cyber Strategy,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and retired Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in the memo.

“The DC3I will take a systems approach to education and training, scheduled and spot inspections, periodic and episodic reporting, and targeted investments that embrace mission-driven cybersecurity,” they added.

Pellerin reports the Cyber Command will oversee the implementation of DC31 and submit quarterly reports to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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