Maj. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr., USAF, has been assigned as deputy director, Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Brennan has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and assigned as deputy director, acquisition technology, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, D.C.
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There’s nothing new about the idea of continuous monitoring in information technology systems. But the ever-growing and changing cyber threat landscape explains new mandates that it become an integral part of all new federal IT systems, according to Lance Dubsky, chief information security officer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
“As the Intelligence Community has begun implementing ICD-503, and the NIST Risk Management Framework, every new system will have a continuous monitoring strategy,” he says during the latest edition of the new radio program AFCEA Answers.
He goes on to say that the big challenge is to also continually review security controls tied to the strategy, to make sure those controls always match the changing security risk.
Al Kinney, director of cybersecurity capabilities with Hewlett-Packard, feels that the tools are available now to readily integrate continuous monitoring into most federal systems.
“You’ll have a solid system based on a standardized process and a standardized kit of tools, so that you have the opportunity to understand fully what’s happening on your networks,” he says.
Is continuous monitoring a key plank of cybersecurity strategy in your federal agency or company? And: is it making a difference?
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DISA’s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded a firm fixed price contract for the Mobile Device Management (MDM) system and Mobile Application Store (MAS) to Digital Management Inc. (DMI) of Bethesda, Md., Thursday for an initial award amount of $2.9 million, with four six-month option periods for a total lifecycle amount of nearly $16 million. The base period of performance for this contract is July 9, 2013 to July 8, 2014. The establishment of the MDM and MAS is a keystone for the Department of Defense Mobility Implementation Plan as it sets the stage for the digital ecosystem that will operate and assure the mobile devices that connect with Defense Department networks.
Data Link Solutions LLC,Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., each will be awarded a $166,300,000 modification to a previously awarded multiple award contract to exercise options for systems engineering and integration of the multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) low volume terminal (LVT) and the MIDS joint tactical radio systems (JTRS) terminal. The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. MIDS-JTRS is a pre-planned product improvement replacement transforming the MIDS-LVT into a four-channel, software communications architecture compliant JTRS terminal while maintaining current Link 16 and tactical air navigation capability. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.