DHS, FFA Launch Efforts to Remove Inefficient Network Security Tools

Jeff Brody

Larry Grossman, acting chief information security officer of the Federal Aviation Administration, has said that the agency intends to reduce the amount of security tools present in their networks, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. During a recent Northern Virginia Technology Council event, Grossman told attendees that his team intends to remove two products for every network security tool the FAA acquires.

Paul Beckman, the Department of Homeland Security’s CISO, said the agency also has “too many” cybersecurity tools and will use products like Lockheed Martin’s Kill Chain to assess their efficiency. The Lockheed-built simulation platform will mimic a cyberattack throughout a network to evaluate security tools’ capacity for identifying vulnerabilities.

He noted that efforts to identify underperforming technologies will help the department identify items it’s “certain not to be reinvesting in next budget cycle.”

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