Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport has issued its initiatives to accelerate cybersecurity research under new authority granted by Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, has activated twoÂ phases of pilot efforts underÂ Section 233 of the FY17 NDAA, the service branch said Thursday.
The pilot efforts extend new fieldingÂ authority to commanding officers at science and technology reinvention laboratories. The newly enacted authority allows STRL commanding officers to implement and operate at research, development, testing and evaluation networks. The authority was originally exclusive toÂ Naval Sea Systems Command leaders.
âThis new authority pushes responsibility and accountability to the commanding officer level,â said Capt. Jon Moretty, NUWC Division, Keyport commanding officer. âThis increases the level of knowledge of the Risk Management Framework process, improves the cybersecurity of the networks since they can achieve required standards and continuous monitoring in a more timely manner, and removes organizational roadblocks which stifle innovation and action,” he added.