Navy Extends New Commanding Authority to Expedite Cybersecurity Research

Jeff Brody

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport has issued its initiatives to accelerate cybersecurity research under new authority granted by Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, has activated two phases of pilot efforts under Section 233 of the FY17 NDAA, the service branch said Thursday.

The pilot efforts extend new fielding authority to commanding officers at science and technology reinvention laboratories. The newly enacted authority allows STRL commanding officers to implement and operate at research, development, testing and evaluation networks. The authority was originally exclusive to Naval Sea Systems Command leaders.

“This new authority pushes responsibility and accountability to the commanding officer level,” said Capt. Jon Moretty, NUWC Division, Keyport commanding officer. “This increases the level of knowledge of the Risk Management Framework process, improves the cybersecurity of the networks since they can achieve required standards and continuous monitoring in a more timely manner, and removes organizational roadblocks which stifle innovation and action," he added.

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