Naval Sea Systems seeks to unify cyber security efforts for information transfer and shipboard networks

June 16, 2020
New directorate has been empowered to eliminate duplication of effort, provide guidance on cyber and digital issues, and elevate cyber security.

WASHINGTON – Vice Adm. Tom Moore has listed cyber security as a top priority for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) since assuming command four years ago, but despite the emphasis, the organization hadn’t found a way to define and pursue cyber and digital issues in any kind of unified way. USNI News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 June 2020 -- Even after nudging from former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson to get after digital transformation, Moore found that NAVSEA’s chief information office was handling shipboard network issues one way, program executive offices were working on their own software packages and cyber defenses for combat systems and radars, and NAVSEA’s naval systems engineering directorate (SEA 05) was doing its own pilot programs with digital twins and data analytics.

In mid-April, Moore announced the standup of a Cyber Engineering and Digital Transformation Directorate (SEA 03) led by Rear Adm. Huan Nguyen, a Navy Reserve admiral with extensive experience in cyber, electronics, and data in the military and in industry.

Though the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) handles cyber security for shipboard networks and communications tools, NAVSEA has the technical authority for cyber on everything else on a ship: hull, mechanical and electrical systems, radars, sonars, combat systems and anything else that sailors use to sail and fight their ship.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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