Solving the Challenges of a Complex Network Security Environment

Jul 31, 2014

All government agencies face the challenge of securing extremely complex networks, but none is more complicated than those under the umbrella of the Department of Defense (DoD). Not only is the Department of Defense a high profile target for a host of criminal and nation-state adversaries, but also because the different branches of the military […]


Creating a Doppler Effect for Information Security

Jul 10, 2014

I’m back after spending a week in Boston at the 26th annual FIRST conference.  As many times as I’ve flown into Logan for business trips over almost 20 years, this was the first time I actually got to spend time in the city of Boston proper.  It’s a great city with lots to see and […]


JIE Crucial to Cyber Defense According to NSA Director

Jul 03, 2014

Relying on “service-centric approach to networks” has become costly and is taking up critical manpower for the Department of Defense (DoD).  As such, the move to the Joint Information Environment (JIE) cannot come soon enough. This is the sentiment that National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers offered at the recent AFCEA Cyber Symposium. “We […]


Defense in Depth: Filling in the Cyber Security Gaps in the JIE

Jun 17, 2014

No matter how well resourced an organization is from the top companies on the Fortune 500 list to the U.S government, ensuring the security of networks and endpoints is a hard task.  While some organizations try to go it alone, including developing proprietary solutions, it’s becoming more apparent that the way forward to robust cyber […]


DISA Strategic Plan (Part 1)

Jun 10, 2014

Have you seen DISA’s strategic plan recently?  Version 2 was published on May 7, 2014 and can be found here.  It’s a very concise document that spells out the long-term strategy for the agency; it’s a beautifully crafted document and well worth the read, really.   I do wonder, however, how those two iPads wound up […]


The Road to JIE: Exclusive Q&A with Brigadier General Brian T. Dravis (Part 2 of 2)

Jun 03, 2014

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is at the center of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) information sharing and security strategy. One critical requirement is a strong cybersecurity framework that protects the data, whether at rest or in transit, for partners and agencies that contribute to the agency’s mission. During the AFCEA JIE Symposium for Mission Partners, […]

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