Last month, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told a House panel that the intensifying pace of international conflict and cyber events have consequences for the U.S. military and for the nation at large.
“Hardly a day has gone by during my tenure at Cyber Command that we have not seen at least one significant cybersecurity event occurring somewhere in the world,” said Rogers, adding, “We face a growing variety of advanced threats from actors who operate with ever-more sophistication and precision.”
With cyber attacks now having the potential to affect the property, rights and daily lives of Americans, the mission of U.S. Cyber Command to strengthen our nation’s cyber capabilities has never been more important.
According to Brig. Gen. Maria Barrett, Deputy Director of Operations, J-3 at U.S. Cyber Command, teams are currently involved in 50 named CyberCom missions, to shape the overall mission.
“With the steady and increasing level of operational activity, we are continually assessing our requirements and challenging our assumptions that we made not long ago,” Barrett stated in this FCW article, which covered her keynote address at recent the AFCEA Army IT day.
Part of this evolution is reviewing and updating the Deployable Mission Support System (DMSS) kits that cyber protection teams take on deployment. These include laptops, passive and active sensors that aim to facilitate reconnaissance, security, and mobility operations in the field.
Barrett and her team are looking for ways to improve interoperability between the service DMSS kits by standardizing data. “Having a fully defined data strategy would greatly enhance analysis across the cyber mission force and facilitate transitions between operations and between the teams regardless of what service they come from,” she said in the FCW article.
For continually looking to advance our nation’s cybersecurity efforts, we are naming Barrett and the U.S. Cyber Command as this week’s GovTransformers. Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.