[ISN] Tight defense budgets could yield better cybersecurity, information sharing

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 00:12:28 -0500 (CDT)

By Amber Corrin
May 23, 2011

The Defense Department’s ongoing budget struggles could lead to 
streamlined cybersecurity efforts and better shared capabilities across 
the military services, defense officials said.

The hundreds of billions of dollars slated to be shaved from defense 
spending will push DOD toward creating a joint infrastructure for the 
military services, said Mark Orndorff, director of mission assurance and 
network operations at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Speaking as part of a panel discussion sponsored by AFCEA-NOVA in 
Arlington, Va., on May 20, Orndorff said budget problems are a great 
motivator for forcing the services to work together on IT capabilities 
rather than having redundant programs in each military branch.

“On the positive side, the budget cuts force us to reassess how to spend 
[on cyber]...and it forces a dialogue at the joint level,” Orndorff 
said. “We can prioritize better and focus on key things and core 
competencies. On the negative side, we’re forced to make choices, and 
things like insider threats fall by the wayside when they ought not to.”


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