Navy tries to fix its woefully antiquated information technology (IT), cyber security, and networks

March 2, 2020
Designed in the 1990s, the Navy’s network structures open lanes of vulnerability for adversaries who can get into the networks and wreak havoc.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy’s information technology (IT) is antiquated and unable to provide sailors, Marines, and civilians with basic resources that any private sector employee with a computer can access, according to a report issued last month. Navy Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

2 March 2020 -- The 15-page report “Information Superiority Vision” offers a prescription for how the Navy can cure its IT and cyber security woes. It also details how one of the world’s most advanced fighting forces fell so far behind other large enterprises, at least when it comes to technology.

Basic functions of modern networks are not currently available in the Navy systems, forcing many users to work around the system to get their jobs done, according to the report.

“Simple capabilities such as file sharing, cloud collaboration, chat, voice, and video are not available to users,” the report states. “Forward-deployed (sailors) and Marines must manually contextualize raw data from multiple unintegrated systems.”

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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