DISA is likely to reorganize to take better advantage of its collaboration with US CYBERCOM, says DISA Vice Director MG Alan Lynn. (Barry Rosenberg/C4ISRNet)
Defense Department officials are considering a reorganization at Fort Meade, Maryland, that could restructure the Defense Information Systems Agency and other cybersecurity-focused military offices in a bid to better defend DoD networks.
Planning for the reorganization is in the early stages, but the goal is to create a more comprehensive defense strategy and to secure the DoD information network (DoDIN). The move would give greater oversight, visibility and authority to DISA, and would create a new joint force headquarters dedicated to DoD network defenses.
“We’re posturing the greater organization of DISA to be better prepared for what we see as our future,” MG Alan Lynn, DISA vice director, said at the annual Forecast to Industry held Aug. 20 at Fort Meade. “We’ve always been in the cyber business, and that business keeps increasing so we see ourselves more and more involved in that.”
Lynn said DISA is “in great collaboration” with Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency. The planned reorganization will enable that collaboration to continue and expand, Lynn said.
DISA will not take over the networks of the military branches, said Lynn and other officials. The goal is to build better cooperation between the organizations.
“I think the services are doing a great job protecting their networks. What we want to have better capabilities in and visibility into is all the data feeds that they have for, say, attack vectors coming toward them – they all can see that individually,” Lynn said. “Where we have greater impact is if we could see the total picture of the attacks so that we could do the large data analytics…and spread the word to the other services [so] that they can better defend.”
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