Department of Navy Chief Information Officer

The Honorable Thomas B. Modly

Damn The Hackers, Full Speed Ahead

by The Honorable Thomas B. Modly - January 25, 2019

During the first weeks of his tenure as president of JPMorgan Chase Bank, Jamie Dimon was briefed on the company’s efforts to outsource its information technology and corporate networks. It’s now the stuff of legend how Dimon not only cancelled a $5-billion IT contract, but challenged his people to own information as a proprietary, business-defining function. This strategic perspective has guided IT investment and prioritization for JPMorgan Chase ever since – and Dimon’s philosophy is now considered to be “table stakes” wisdom across the financial services industry. Many other industries have concluded the same: whether outsourced or not, information management is a core strategic function upon which they are entirely dependent.

Privacy Tip

Actions You Can Take Now to Prevent Identity Theft

December 14, 2018

According to the Privacy Rights Clearing House, in 2017 there were 829 data breaches in the U.S. affecting over 2 billion individual records. Virtually every adult in the U.S. has had their privacy sensitive information compromised at least once and probably multiple times. This Privacy Tip provides actions you can take to prevent or minimize the potential for identity theft. The OCIO Privacy Team has developed a list of things you can do now to protect your privacy.

Featured News

DON IT Conference Presentations Available

February 18, 2019

Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in San Diego, CA, Feb. 13-15, are available by request to government civilian, military personnel, and DoD support contractors. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section

Deadline Extended: USN-USMC Electromagnetic Spectrum Workforce Excellence Awards Nominations Due Feb.15

February 7, 2019

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2019 USN-USMC Electromagnetic Spectrum Workforce Excellence Awards has been extended to Feb. 15, 2019.

Awards will be presented in four categories: Individual and Team Excellence Awards for achievement related to spectrum supportability; a "Rising Star" Award to recognize up-and-coming talent in the Spectrum workforce; and the "John J. Lussier" Award to recognize strategic leadership in the Spectrum workforce.

Changes to CAC Certificates

January 23, 2019

Department of the Navy Common Access Cards (CACs) must align with the Federal Personal Identity-Authentication (PIV-Auth) certificate, which ensures strong authentication. Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) requires Federal departments and agencies to use strong authentication credentials for network and IT system access, and the CAC is DoD's primary mechanism for doing so on the NIPRNet.

DoD has directed that DoD's PIV-Auth certificate become the standard for DoD IT access on the NIPRNet in order to: standardize implementations and reduce inefficiencies with mission partners, improve cybersecurity posture and change management, reduce costs associated with maintaining DoD specific legacy authentication mechanisms, and allow the DoD to use commercial products designed to read HSPD-12 compliant Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) credentials.

USN/USMC Spectrum Summit West 2019 - Registration Closed

February 19, 2019

The USN/USMC Spectrum Summit West 2019 is scheduled for March 19-21, 2019 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel. No conference fee will be assessed.

The theme of the 2019 Spectrum Summits is the Electromagnetic Battle Space. To enable operational superiority, Spectrum, Electronic Warfare, Signal Intelligence, and Cyber must synchronize to enhance unity of effort. Issues include: How will future electromagnetic spectrum operations change from the way we operate today?

Suspension of Safe Access File Exchange (SAFE)

by Don Privacy Team - November 20, 2018

AMRDEC SAFE (SAFE) was recently taken off line with all services suspended indefinitely. The SAFE technical team disabled the widely used site after discovering technical issues that warranted this sudden action. It is uncertain, though probably unlikely, that the necessary resources will be directed towards the restoration of SAFE services.

Until a permanent replacement can be made available, ARL SAFE, https://safe.arl.army.mil is available for large file transfer and for FOUO; however, use of the site to transfer PII/PHI is prohibited. As there is no approved commercial or government online solution for transmitting PII/PHI, users shall use DoD/DON approved methods to transmit PII/PHI such as encrypted email, FAX, U.S. mail and courier services.

SECNAV Instruction 2400.3 Recognizes the Electromagnetic Spectrum Environment as a Warfighting Battle Space

SECNAVINST 2400.3 - October 12, 2018

On 5 October 2018, Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly signed SECNAV Instruction 2400.3, “Electromagnetic Battle Space,” recognizing the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) environment as a warfighting battle space on par with sea, land, air, space, and cyber. This new SECNAV Instruction establishes Department of the Navy (DON) policy to take an enterprise approach to all activities necessary for DON EMS operations, and includes assigning DON roles and responsibilities for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Electromagnetic Battle Space (EMBS) programs, policies, procedures, and controls to enable DON superiority in the EMBS.