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Cybersecurity: The Road Ahead for Defense Acquisition


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Authors: Steve Mills and Steve Monks

The May-June 2014 edition on Defense AT&L magazine included an article by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall, titled “Protecting the Future,” which stressed Kendall’s concern about the United States’ ability to maintain its technological superiority.

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Cyber Integrator: A Concept Whose Time Has Come


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Authors: Rob Goldsmith and Steve Mills

Effective cybersecurity in Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs is a top concern for both DoD program managers (PMs) and the DoD as a whole. What can be done to help DoD PMs meet this challenge? An emerging concept is the establishment of a “Cyber Integrator” (CI) at the Program Executive Office (PEO)/Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) level, to help address cybersecurity risk in DoD acquisition programs. The purpose of the CI is to lead the cybersecurity efforts within the PEO/MDAP, and that role  includes effectively integrating cybersecurity across all functional domains and acting as principal advisor to the PM on all cybersecurity matters. A CI by itself will not mitigate all the cybersecurity challenges faced by DoD PMs, but based on the emerging results of an ongoing Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) pilot program, the CI concept appears to be a step in the right direction.

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Cybersecurity Challenges for Program Managers


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Authors: Steve Mills and Rob Goldsmith

Cybersecurity threats to Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs are both challenging and complex. Program managers (PMs) have the daunting responsibility to minimize cybersecurity vulnerabilities in their systems against current and future cybersecurity threats.

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