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CIO Dana Deasy Issues DoD’s Action Plan to Protect Public-Facing Web Services

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The Defense Department has announced plans to release by Aug. 17 a task order to facilitate the implementation of cybersecurity practices included in a binding operational directive from the Department of Homeland Security.

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at DoD, wrote a letter dated July 20 to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to provide details about the Pentagon’s action plan to implement those cyber measures by the end of this year in order to safeguard public-facing email services and websites.

DoD will also issue a “roll out plan” by Dec. 31 for the implementation of the HTTP Strict Transport Security mechanism for all public-facing websites.

The letter was in response to Wyden’s call in May for DoD to advance the adoption of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure encryption through HSTS on all public web services.

Deasy also offered details about DoD’s implementation plan for the public trust public key infrastructure, Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance and STARTTLS encryption protocol.

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