DoD Outlines Goals of Revised Cyber Policy

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DOD-logo-vectorOne of the Defense Department‘s key aims for revising its cybersecurity policy is to come up with a single set of instructions that can be understood and used governmentwide across all departments, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes the agency also intends the new policies to figure prominently in federal managers’ decision-making process when acquiring military systems.

According to officials, the agency is close to finishing updating the policies, a collection of documents referred to as DoD Instruction 8500.

Dominic Cussatt, deputy director for cybersecurity policy in the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer, said they asked the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help rewrite the guidelines.

“We’ve started to find that we have more in common than not with our federal partners in terms of the challenges we face, so we all agreed that NIST was a great place to define the minimum baseline policy requirements that the whole government would use,” he told participants of a recent AFCEA symposium in Maryland.

The updated version will be disseminated “very soon,” Cussatt added.

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