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Former Navy Sec. Richard Danzig: Gov’t Must Trim Complex IT Systems to Bolster Cybersecurity

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CyberStockRichard Danzig, former secretary of the U.S. Navy, believes the U.S. government will be able to build up its cybersecurity by eliminating unnecessary information technology systems, FCW reported Tuesday.

He recommended in a paper that Washington abandon certain “efficiencies, speed or capabilities” in order to secure its critical infrastructures, Sean Lyngaas reports.

“A strategy of abnegation is founded on the presumption that critical systems should be supported by cyber capabilities that are no more extensive than required to perform their core mission,” Danzig wrote.

He also advised critical system users to determine their computing requirements using the cloud in order to cut back on excessive systems, according to the report.

Danzig wrote that a collective understanding on cybersecurity risks among policymakers and the public sector must predicate a minimalist IT approach, FCW reports.

He said government strategies, legislative proposals and budget allocations are facing roadblocks due to the lack of cybersecurity standards, the report says.

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