Navy information experts focus on large military networks, how to harden them, and provide cyber security

March 12, 2020
The Department of Navy is losing information every day to adversaries, whether it’s from direct exfiltration or through the defense industrial base.

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Navy’s chief information officer continued a direct and unsparing critique of the service’s networks at one of the largest IT conferences for government contractors. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 March 2020 -- Aaron Weis, who became the Navy CIO in September, said during a March 2 keynote luncheon at the AFCEA West 2020 conference in San Diego that the service’s networks were overly complex and, therefore, difficult to defend. “I would argue our networks are holding us back,” he said.

Weis said when he explained the Navy’s email setup to Satya Nadella, the Microsoft chief executive was “flabbergasted.”

And on the topic of cyber security, he said “the Department of Navy is losing our information every day to our adversaries. We’re leaking our information out whether it’s from direct exfiltration or through the defense industrial base.”

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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