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By Bob Brewin
SAN DIEGO -- The Navy has a compelling need for shipboard assurance
systems to maintain a secure environment, the service's top
command-and-control acquisition official told an overflow audience here
at the annual Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association-West conference. AFCEA is an industry group.
Last year, the Navy installed host-based security systems on 348 ships
to monitor, detect and deter network cyberattacks. Rear Adm. Jerry
Burroughs, program executive officer for command, control, computers,
communications and intelligence at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command headquartered here, said SPAWAR remains "crushed" by demands
from the fleet to maintain a secure environment for Navy computers,
which he considers his top priority.
Burroughs said the cyberattackers the Navy has to deal with use
inexpensive tools readily available on the Internet, and the service
must adopt similar practices. "We need simple commercial off-the-shelf
solutions -- the cheaper the better," Burroughs said, as well as the
ability to rapidly field those tools.
His organization is responsible for shipboard applications, so
simplicity and rapid fielding are priorities. SPAWAR plans to set up an
online applications store that will allow users to easily download
software from a central location, according to Burroughs. He cited the
Ozone Widget Framework, developed by the National Security Agency to
host and download applications, as a good example to follow.
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