DISA Director Highlights Need for Resilient Infrastructure
DISA Director Highlights
Need for Resilient Infrastructure
By Lisa Ferdinando, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — November 2, 2015 — The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking
to build a more resilient infrastructure that helps resist cyberattacks, the
agency's head told an industry briefing today. Army Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn,
director of DISA and commander, Joint Force Headquarters - Department of Defense
Information Networks, outlined some of his priorities at DISA's 2015 Forecast to
Industry event here. Lynn said DISA's partnership with industry is key to
mission success. "Without you, we cannot accomplish our mission - bottom line,"
DISA provides, operates, and assures command and control,
information-sharing capabilities, and a globally accessible enterprise
information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters,
national-level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full
spectrum of operations.
Lynn was not in attendance, but spoke via a recorded video
Industry Partnerships Help Protect Networks
DISA would like to increase its partnership with
private-sector companies that can innovate, Lynn said. "We need that innovation
to help us find and develop better commercial solutions for defending our
infrastructure," he said. "We must partner together to help protect our nation's
DISA, like other government agencies, is dealing with
shrinking budgets, Lynn noted.
"We constantly work to be more efficient and seek ways to
reduce our costs. We reduced our rates to our customers by over nine percent in
the past year, and I expect to reduce another seven percent in the coming months,"
Focus on 'Variety and Velocity' of Attacks
In a media roundtable of senior DISA leaders, Jack Wilmer,
infrastructure development executive, said the agency faces a variety of cyber
Cyber threats are increasing in frequency and come from a
whole host of actors, from the individual all the way up to nation-states, he
said. "The main challenge that I would say we're focusing on is the variety and
velocity of the attacks," he said. The attacks have made it so DISA "can't just
continue to keep bolting on a new cybersecurity tool to defend against whatever
that latest and greatest threat is," Wilmer explained.
One way to stay ahead of the threats, he said, is to reassess
investments and see how to optimize the technology and avoid redundancy. For
example, he said, DISA might have four separate tools that do different things,
but there might be an overlap across those tools.
"Though you might have a specific point solution for four
different problems, you may find that two of those tools could probably do the
job of those four," Wilmer said.
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