Report: NSA to Transfer ‘Sharkseer’ Cybersecurity Program to DISA

The National Security Agency will hand over to the Defense Information Systems Agency a cybersecurity program that helps protect Defense Department networks against malware and zero-day threats, Fifth Domain reported Saturday.

Natalie Pittore, an NSA spokeswoman, told Fifth Domain that the Sharkseer program “better aligns” with DISA’s mission.

A defense budget deal reached by congressional appropriators July 23 contains the transition effort.

Sharkseer uses artificial intelligence to monitor traffic across DoD networks and sift through emails and documents that could pose network security risks. Congress authorized $30 million to start operations of the program back in 2014.

Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., said a May statement the program has identified more than two billion cyber incidents across the Pentagon’s classified and unclassified networks, Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., said in a May statement.

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