DoD Halts Joint Regional Security Stack Deployment on Classified Networks

DoD Halts Joint Regional Security Stack Deployment on Classified Networks
Pentagon

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) testing office said DoD has stopped the rollout of a $2 billion cybersecurity project called the Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) to classified networks due to its inability to help defenders safeguard component networks from “operationally realistic cyber attacks,” Bloomberg reported Thursday. 

JRSS is intended to provide DoD with attack prevention, intrusion detection and other network security capabilities.

Robert Behler, the Pentagon’s testing chief, recommended that the department’s chief information officer continue developing alternatives to the security stack and halt the program’s deployment to unclassified networks until the system demonstrates that it is capable of helping network defenders to detect and respond to operationally realistic cyber attacks.” 

Russell Goemaere, a spokesman for DoD, said the department has not paused the deployment of JRSS to unclassified networks but has postponed the rollout to classified networks to have more time to mature joint procedures and techniques for midpoint security and improve the operational requirements.

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