DoD Takes New Look on How to Secure Defense Industrial Base

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and Wash100 Award winner, announced new efforts to improve how the Pentagon will identify the companies at risk of cyber attacks, USNI News reported Friday.

“So what I’ve mandated is, this year we will come up with a National Cybersecurity Standard with metrics, and we will develop third-party independent auditors who can go and audit against those cybersecurity standards,” she said at a recent U.S. Naval Institute meeting. “In that way, we will be able to discriminate between a company that is really cyber-secure and one that is not.”

The Department of Defense will provide small businesses with secure cloud-based platforms to develop their software and plans to rethink security requirements to help companies do more business with the agency.

DoD is also working on a Trusted Capital Marketplace, which will guide the agency in selecting contractors to receive funding to help secure the industrial base. Lord said the marketplace may come out in the next three or four weeks.

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