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House Subcommittee Proposal Seeks to Protect DoD Joint Information Environment from Insider Threats

cyber-hack-network-computerA House subcommittee has introduced a proposal that would require the Defense Department to implement measures designed to protect the Joint Information Environment from insider threats, Fedscoop reported Wednesday.

Billy Mitchell writes the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subpanel will incorporate the proposal into the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Defense Information Systems Agency-operated JIE works to consolidate all information technology systems across DoD into a single network.

Under the proposal, DoD CIO Terry Halvorsen, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016, would be required to inform the House committee by the end of the year on how his office would deploy measures to safeguard JIE from insider threats.

“This briefing should address those tools currently planned for incorporation, like digital rights management, as well as identification of any gaps in the architecture where commercial tools for insider threat monitoring might be included into JIE, or into upgrades to key enabling capabilities like the Joint Regional Security Stacks or the Host Based Security System,” according to the proposal obtained by Fedscoop.

The House subcommittee’s proposal also aims to leverage the use of commercial cloud and evaluate Pentagon’s efforts to protect the Internet of Things-based devices from network vulnerabilities, Mitchell reports.

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