Navy officials eye modernization of their data networks to improve information cyber security

Feb. 26, 2020
One goal outlined by the memo is to better integrate data across the Navy’s disparate sensors, systems, and locations across the globe.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Navy officials want to “re-envision, re-architect, and re-deploy” their information technology (IT) networks and chart a new path of modernization in response to last year’s blistering review of its cyber security. Fedscoop reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

26 Feb. 2020 -- The memo, called “DON CIO Information Superiority Vision,” outlines a complete overhaul led by Navy CIO Aaron Weis, who occupies a post that was elevated late last year in response to a watershed cyber review in March.

The first step, modernization, calls for a redesign of the Navy’s IT systems, with an emphasis on throwing out legacy systems that are “fragmented, non-performant, outdated, and indefensible architecture."

The second step, innovating, will center on developing emerging technologies, such as wireless 5G technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital innovation centers to speed software development.

The final piece, defending the modernized networks, seeks to defend IT networks, and enlist sailors and Marines as cyber security sentries, and move away from checklist security.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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