Pentagon: Emerging Cyber Threats Call For DOD And Private Collaboration

The Department of Defense published an article yesterday covering a top Pentagon information security executive’s call for collaboration and cooperation throughout the Defense Department and across private sector partners in order to maintain a robust defense against emerging cyber threats.

During a FedTalk discussion with government and private sector technology executives in Washington, Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer Leslie Beavers warned emerging cybersecurity challenges pose a “whole of government, almost whole of society threat,” and “at the end of the day, security requires everyone to be a part of the solution.”

In addition to developing a stronger workforce, Beavers outlined several key approaches underway within DoD including a transition to the zero-trust security paradigm which will move the DoD into a more modern security framework.

In accomplishing these key goals, she said close partnership with industry partners is critical.

“The Department of Defense, as large as it is, is heavily reliant on civilian infrastructure and companies as well as other government organizations. It’s a journey that we have to go on together,” Beavers said.

Ted Miracco, CEO, Approov Mobile Security had this to say:

   “State-sponsored cyberattacks from adversaries like China and Russia are a major component of the emerging threats facing the US defense industry and government. Countering these threats requires even greater information sharing and collaboration between the US government and private sector cybersecurity companies. The initiatives underway at DOD are an important piece of confronting this complex challenge as it isn’t just a defense problem, it can impact both national security and the economy. It’s encouraging to see cybersecurity leaders like Beavers emphasize the role everyone must play in this effort.”

Jason Keirstead, VP of Collective Threat Defense, Cyware follows with this:

   “I’m glad to see the DoD’s focus on collaboration. It’s arguably one of the most important areas that can produce tangible cybersecurity improvements. When we consider the expansive and complex nature of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), the most basic and effective countermeasure that we can deploy against the adversary is to more rapidly develop and deploy our response. Collective defense enables trusted collaboration inside and outside organizations, allowing the DoD and the DIB to work together to accelerate these initiatives, reducing the attack surface an adversary has to work with.”

Working with others when it comes to cybersecurity can only help to make all of us more secure. Thus I applaud this and I hope that we see more of this sort of things.

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