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Robert Foster: Risk Mgmt Framework Migration Among Dept of the Navy’s Cyber Efforts

Robert Foster

Robert Foster, the departing chief information officer of the Department of the Navy, has said one of his office’s cybersecurity initiatives over the last two years is the transition from the Defense Department’s Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process to the risk management framework, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

The adoption of the risk management framework seeks to help DoN ensure its cybersecurity posture through continuous monitoring of data systems.

Foster told the station’s Ask the CIO the complete migration to the new framework calls for DoN to modify contracts, carry out employee training and upgrade current systems to identify those that need new accreditations.

He said cyber initiatives helped advance the department’s privacy programs.

“You have the defense-in-depth side, which is more of a fence and moat scenario, but then you still got the user impact and I think reducing the Social Security numbers will help us with a privacy breach and in many cases, a privacy breach is a key indicator of a cyber breach,” he added.

Foster also discussed the installation of broadband services on naval bases as part of the strategic spectrum effort, the potential role of the NGEN managed services contract recompete effort in the move to the Joint Regional Security Stacks version 2.0 and the department’s cloud migration efforts.

He announced early this month that he will step down from his post to join the National Credit Union Administration as deputy CIO, effective Aug. 21.

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