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CHIPS Articles: Cybersecurity underpins every mission in the Department of the Navy

Cybersecurity underpins every mission in the Department of the Navy
By Sharon Anderson - July-September 2019

We are delighted to hear from Ms. Ruth Youngs Lew in this issue. She writes about the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems’ (PEO EIS) recently adopted Strategic Plan 2019-2022 that supports the Department of the Navy’s mission and Department of the Defense’s greater goal of digital transformation by changing the way IT capabilities are delivered to a mobile fighting force.

As Youngs Lew writes, the solutions PEO EIS delivers enable lethality and enhance productivity for Sailors, Marines and civilians.

From apps that help Sailors manage their careers, to cloud computing and office solutions, PEO EIS injects innovation, agility, critical enterprise resource planning and analytical skills in all the products they deliver.

The most important ingredient PEO EIS brings to DON enterprise services is cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity underpins the success of every mission in the Department of the Navy as Secretary of Navy Richard V. Spencer and Under Secretary Thomas Modly often say. Weaknesses in systems, networks and applications put the DON mission and personnel at risk.

Our cover photo, at right, is a poignant reminder of the need to ensure the cybersecurity of the IT capabilities Sailors and Marines rely on.

From ships to tanks, to HVAC systems and shore facilities, DON and DoD cyber sentries are working to protect personnel, U.S. intellectual property, and national security from cyber-attacks and adversaries who try to undermine the collective warfighting power of the DoD every second of every day.

Experts are working to secure weapon systems able to survive and exploit cyber warfare, harden business and administrative systems, and preserve U.S. investments in research and development.

The DoD Chief Information Officer image at right shows the complexity of the department’s cyber landscape and the need for modernization.

A first step in this journey is adoption of the Risk Management Framework. DoD mandates that agencies and the Services implement the RMF which aims to integrate cybersecurity throughout an information system’s lifecycle, resulting in a more dependable and resilient trustworthy system that significantly increases its ability to protect, detect, react, and restore, even when under attack from a capable cyber-adversary.

The Naval Special Warfare Command Cybersecurity Team provides an example of how they transitioned from the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) to RMF in this issue.

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Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson is the CHIPS senior editor. She can be reached at

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Frankie Garcia, a radio chief with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), calls for a radio check using a PRC-117G radio at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. The Corps fielded a Mobile User Objective System waveform, which encompasses updated firmware to the AN/PRC-117G and an antenna kit to enhance satellite communication on the battlefield. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jason Monty
The DoD Chief Information Officer image shows the complexity of the department’s Cyber Landscape and the need for modernization.
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