Aaron Weis, the U.S. Navy’s chief information officer and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service’s networks are “holding us back” and exacerbating information leaks through the defense industrial base and direct exfiltration, C4ISRnet reported Tuesday.
Weis told attendees at the West 2020 conference that the Department of the Navy can address its information technology challenges by establishing a “single, unified transport layer” to streamline information sharing between the Navy and Marine Corps.
He also suggested implementing cloud-based environments suitable for modern applications and shifting cybersecurity approaches to focus more on iterative protection efforts. According to Weis, his office is working to “defend our information wherever it is.”
“Whether it’s at rest, whether it’s in training, whether it’s supply chain, defense, industrial base, you name it, we should be defending it in a way we’re not today,” he said.
Weis’ comments come after the Navy issued its Information Superiority Vision strategy on IT modernization. Previously, Navy officials said that efforts to improve its IT procedures may manifest in reprogramming requests in the fiscal year 2021 budget.
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