DoD Sees Challenges to Promote Information Network Security

Jeff Brody

The Pentagon’s inspector general said that the agency should increase personnel training and further promote Joint Regional Security Stacks to enhance regional security. JRSS provides the agency with equipment, including network routers, firewalls and switches, to secure its information network.

The IG report issued Tuesday states that the Department of Defense hasn't achieved the goals set by the Joint Information Environment objective. In 2010, the DoD Chief Information Officer proposed to use JRSS to help JIE consolidate the agency’s information technology infrastructure to enhance network security against cyber attacks. 

“Although implementing the JRSS is reducing the footprint and number of enemy attack vectors to the DoDIN, the JRSS is not achieving other intended JIE outcomes for implementing regional security,” the IG report states. 

DoDIG found that defense officials failed to ensure all JRSS tools met user needs, to train operators and to support acquisition efforts. The Defense Information Systems Agency that serves as JRSS program management office also did not get proper oversight of how it managed vulnerabilities.

The watchdog report warns that failing to properly operate and secure JRSS could lead to challenges to secure DoDIN and to unauthorized access to the network.

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