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Pentagon Demos Prototype 5G Network for Smart Warehouse Project; John Larson Quoted

DOD 5G Network

The Department of Defense (DOD) demonstrated a potential $90 million 5G network prototype for a smart warehouse that is set to be deployed at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia once completed. The prototype is designed to adhere to the department’s requirements for zero-trust architecture and is based on the next generation of Open Radio Network standards. 

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IBM Announces Center For Government Cybersecurity; Stephen LaFleche Quoted

Stephen LaFleche

IBM announced Wednesday that the company is creating the IBM Center for Government Cybersecurity, a collaborative environment focused on assisting federal agencies to address current and future cybersecurity threats. The Center will hold events and support learning, drawing on the company’s cybersecurity expertise from delivering software and managed services to over 17,500 security clients globally.

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Nicolas Chaillan on DOD’s DevSecOps Adoption

Nicolas Chaillan

Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer of the U.S. Air Force, said there are 200 teams across the Department of Defense (DOD) applying DevSecOps with 650 software containers. He said PlatformOne, DOD’s DevSecOps infrastructure program that seeks to speed up software development and deployment, has saved $12.5 million and a year per application.

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DISA Launches Zero Trust Reference Architecture; Brandon Iske, Joe Brinker Quoted

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has unveiled the Pentagon’s first zero trust reference architecture that seeks to protect critical assets from threat actors by embedding security throughout the network. DISA worked on the reference architecture in collaboration with the DOD chief information officer, National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

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Brandon Wales: CISA to Pilot ‘Threat Hardened Cloud Environment’

Brandon Wales

Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said CISA plans to test secure cloud instances using some of the $650 million in funds the agency received through the American Rescue Plan in response to the SolarWinds hack. He also cited plans to establish the Joint Cyber Planning Office and continue recruitment efforts.

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John Sherman: Pentagon Eyes 2021 Release of Zero Trust Strategy

John Sherman

John Sherman, acting chief information officer of the Department of Defense (DOD), said DOD plans to issue a strategy for zero trust architecture in 2021 as part of efforts to enhance the cybersecurity of its networks. "I think we are at one of these inflection points here,” Sherman said. “Our current approaches are not going to take us into the future here.”

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OMB Federal CISO Chris DeRusha on Zero Trust, Government Efforts to Shift to New Model; Gregory Touhill Quoted

Chris DeRusha

Chris DeRusha, federal chief information security officer at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said zero-trust is centered on user verification, device validation and network access limitation and agencies have been shifting to the new framework for identity and credential access management (ICAM)

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DOD’s Danielle Metz: 17 Impact Level 5 Owners Implement Security Configuration Guides in DOD 365 Cloud Environment

Danielle Metz

Seventeen Impact Level 5 tenant owners have made security configuration changes to a Microsoft 365 cloud environment being developed for use by the Department of Defense, according to Danielle Metz, deputy chief information officer for the Information Enterprise at the Pentagon. She added that the team will then move to bring-your-own-approved devices and desktops. 

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David McKeown: DOD Eyes Creation of Zero-Trust-Focused Portfolio Office

David McKeown

David McKeown, the Department of Defense's (DOD) equivalent of a chief information security officer, said DOD is looking to establish a portfolio management office that specializes in zero-trust cybersecurity. The office's creation would help DOD centralize and manage efforts to implement a zero-trust architecture, which strictly imposes requirements before one is able to access the defense network.

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DOD to Adopt DISA-Made Access Management Tool; David McKeown Quoted

David McKeown

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has developed a tool the military intends to use for securely handling credentials and network access. Financial management teams at the Department of Defense (DOD) will be the first to use the new identity, credentialing and access management (ICAM) tool. DISA developed ICAM based on input submitted by industry entities. 

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