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Defense Department Issues Cybersecurity Guide for Info Network Protection

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cybersecurityThe Defense Department has released a cybersecurity culture compliance initiative as part of efforts to protect the military’s information networks through collaboration across the department.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed and introduced DC3I with an outline of principles and timeline, DoD said Wednesday.

The department aims to help individual leaders, service providers, cyber personnel and general users boost their performance and improve accountability in an effort to further DoD’s cyber strategy.

“DC3I will take a systems approach to education and training, scheduled and spot inspections, periodic and episodic reporting, and targeted investments that embrace mission-driven cybersecurity,” Carter and Dempsey wrote in a letter to department personnel.

The U.S. Cyber Command is tasked to update Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff every quarter on the progress of the DC3I implementation.

Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen also introduced a list of cyber hygiene efforts such as configuring computers to the DoD security standard and implementing cryptographic identity credentials to replace passwords.


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