Ernest Hibbs, chief engineer of the Defense Information Systems Agencyâs infrastructure directorate, spoke about the country’s systems engineering gaps during an event in Baltimore. Md. He discussed a number of cyber engineering problems including the country’s posture as a target and excessive use of funds for discussions, DISA said Wednesday.
âSystems engineering serves toÂ anticipate how a computer or network-based system will be affected by malicious actors and cyber attacks,â he said at theÂ Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s TechNet Cyber 2019 symposium. HeÂ identified issuesÂ having program managers meet changing needs and the difficulty of managing system engineering activities.
Hibbs also noted the problem of forcing engineers toÂ work outside their specializations, among other issues. The chief engineer concludedÂ by pointing out that the biggest problem in systems engineering is when a program manager is limited by ego and falsely convinced the work is finished. âWherever we go, there is an ego â and that’s something that we have to stabilize,â he said.
Eugenia Jacobs, a computer scientist from the same directorate, expounded on Hibbs’ statements.
âSystems engineering provides a proven framework used to enhance stability and reliability in the development of cyber solutions,â she stated.