DOD planning to use NIST 800-171 as evaluation criteria for contracts prior to CMMC rule

The NIST standards have been part of federal law for contractors for several years, but until now, contracting officers have been "lackadaisical" about enforcing them, said the head of DOD's CMMC program.

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The 90th Cyberspace Operations Squadron is opening up a facility in a corporate space in downtown San Antonio, moving outside the traditionally classified facilities.

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DOD will look to cloud vendors to support two of its premier cybersecurity initiatives, CISO Dave McKeown said.

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IT systems need to be designed to withstand adversary attacks similar to how traditional platforms have survivability baked in, said Chris Cleary, principal cyber adviser for the Navy.

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To date, the Navy is the only service that does not have such an occupational specialty, or in Navy parlance, a "designator."

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The nominee to lead the Space Force said it would require significant manpower to contribute to the joint cyber mission force under U.S. Cyber Command.

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Just like the Army needs tanks and the Air Force needs planes, cyber troops need their own platforms separate from the NSA.

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The Army is still working on the concept for ground-launched electronic warfare effects as requirements have not yet been written.

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The Army is planning a critical operational test next year for its first brigade signals intelligence and jamming platform, with designs for a larger such system being bid by two companies.

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There will be further analysis on what the value of cyber and the intelligence enterprise was and how that can be applied in the Pacific.

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The Army is spinning cyber out from it's electronic warfare program office, in part, due to the joint programs it is delivering.