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Terry Halvorsen: DoD to Focus on Cybersecurity, IT Workforce Retention in 2017

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

Terry Halvorsen, chief information officer at the Defense Department, has said DoD will work to update its networks, improve its cybersecurity posture and attract and retain information technology professionals in 2017, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Halvorsen gave the remarks Tuesday during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subpanel on DoD’s fiscal 2017 budget request of $38.2 billion for IT and cyber programs.

Halvorsen, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, said that his office plans to leverage mobile data access and cloud platforms, consolidate data centers and improve collaboration with the commercial sector in order to attract IT professionals and promote innovation.

He also mentioned that the Pentagon will also prioritize the deployment of the Joint Regional Security Stacks for the Joint Information Environment.

“JRSS provides the baseline for a more-coherent, singular security architecture for DoD’s cyber defenders,” he said at the hearing.

The department will also work to field the Mission Partner Environment–Information System in an effort to facilitate data sharing between combatant commanders and mission partners as well as improve human accountability through the implementation of provisions in the Cybersecurity Discipline Implementation Plan, Halvorsen added.

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