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DOD FY 2012 Budget Boosts Cyber Spending

February 14, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

The Defense Department's FY 2012 budget proposal features $2.3 billion for improved cyber capabilities, according to figures released this afternoon. Key elements of that funding include $0.5 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest in cyber technologies. Funding also will be provided to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cyber identity, monitoring and enforcement.

Cool App-titude: U.S. Military Acronyms

January 4, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Apps for iPhone and Android provide definitions for more than 150,000 military acronyms and abbreviations.

Fighting Cyber Crime: Call for Technical Solutions

October 6, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

In less than 30 days, the Defense Department will dish out 11 prizes for innovative solutions to real-world challenges facing digital forensics examiners. And it's not too late to join the fight against cyber crime. Submissions for the 2010 Defense Department Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge will be accepted until November 2.

How to Improve Cyberdefenses at the DoD

August 23, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

A different cybersecurity culture needs to be diffused throughout the Defense Department. It will have to view cyberdefenses not as a bandage to be selectively applied to a patchwork of applications. The new cybersecurity must become an inseparable feature of every computer technology that enables our operations.

Cyberdefense and DoD Culture

August 23, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Defense Department leadership appears to be viewing cyberdefense issues primarily as a matter of policy and strategy that can be fixed incrementally. That is not possible. Cyberdefense deficiencies have became deeply rooted as result of the defective ways in which the Defense Department acquired IT over the past decades. Cyberdefense flaws are inherently enterprise-wide and are mostly not application specific.

Defense Department Efficiencies Initiative Spreads to Contest

August 10, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

On the heels of an announcement from U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates where he proposed eliminating the positions of assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration along with the J-6, the push to make the Defense Department more efficient continues. The INVEST Awards contest will reward the 25 best ideas submitted by department employees with cash prizes.

Defense Department Revamps Social Media Hub

July 22, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Defense Department's hub for all things social media has undergone a serious facelift, complete with tips, tricks and lessons on how to share information responsibly and effectively.

Guest Post: Network Virtualization

June 9, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Paul Strassmann offers his insights on network virtualization as an answer to cyber security concerns about the proliferation of things contributing to the "attack surface," such as networks, circuits and computers.

SIGNAL Says: Mark Orndorff

March 5, 2010
By Katie Packard

"The difference there is that we don't want to prioritize and think just in terms of 'how do we secure information' without thinking through our real objective of assuring support for DOD missions."--Mark Orndorff, director of the PEO for Mission Assurance and Network Operations, DISA

The DOD Makes Social Media Official

February 26, 2010
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Defense Department has announced its policy on "Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities"--in less formal words, its social and new media policy. This is the DOD's first official policy on new media.

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