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Lt. Gen. William Bender Issues Endpoint Visibility Platform Deployment Directive for Air Force

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Lt. Gen. William Bender, chief of information dominance and chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force, has signed a memorandum that mandates the service branch to implement an endpoint visibility platform across the service branch’s information technology programs.

The Automated Remediation and Asset Discovery platform will work to help the service branch’s cyber professionals gain real-time visibility into all levels of computing and address threats to network reliant tools such as weapons systems, the Air Force said Friday.

The memo gives authorizing officials until May 31 to validate that IT investments in their portfolio have installed ARAD.

The mandate applies to Air Force systems that connect to the Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router NETwork and will be applied to all systems that connect to networks such as the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network in the future.

Bender said IT systems that connect to the branch’s networks without ARAD will be considered high-risk.

ARAD is designed to also provide vulnerability status for Information Assurance Vulnerability Management compliance at the enterprise level as well as help mission leaders monitor systems and implement change management and configuration control measures.

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