Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

DOD Website Sells Public On Cybersecurity Strategy

Department of Defense creates new site that rounds up content related to cybersecurity strategy launched less than two weeks ago.

Inside DHS' Classified Cyber-Coordination Headquarters
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Inside DHS' Classified Cyber-Coordination Headquarters
The Department of Defense (DOD) has launched a new website to accompany a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy launched less than two weeks ago to guide the department's efforts to fight cyber attacks going forward.

The Cyber Strategy website is aimed at helping the public understand the DOD's consolidated cybersecurity strategy and provide a central site for the department's accomplishments to date in how it is protecting the federal government and U.S. critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, it said.

The DOD launched the new cybersecurity strategy as a way to consolidate its various efforts for fighting cyber attacks so as to be better prepared for them. It also was aimed at underscoring how important cybersecurity is to the department while stressing the military has no plans to use its power to control cyberspace.

In fact, during his comments to launch the plan, William Lynn, deputy secretary of defense, acknowledged that the strategy was somewhat of a public relations exercise to dispel any myths the public has around the DOD's cybersecurity tactics.

The website, then, will act as a companion to the strategy as a public-facing resource for the DOD's execution of it. The site provides detailed content on the five pillars of the new cyberstrategy, which are: to treat cyberspace as an operational domain; to employ new defense operating concepts; to partner with the public and private sector; to build international partnerships; and to leverage talent and innovation.

The site also provides a news feed of relevant cybersecurity-related stories; links to government cybersecurity jobs; DOD press releases that pertain to cybersecurity news; transcripts to speeches and discussions about cybersecurity from key officials such as Lynn; and other relevant content related to its strategy.

The DOD is the department largely responsible for the federal government's cybersecurity efforts alongside the Department of Homeland Security. It's a task that lately has become a hot button issue as the federal government has been the target of a barrage of attacks from a number of hactivist groups like LulzSec, Anonymous and AntiSec.

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completed before the DOD launched its new strategy and the website was critical of the DOD's decentralized approach to cybersecurity, but did note the department's efforts to align its mission to prevent and fight cyber attacks.

"DOD is taking proactive measures to better address cybersecurity threats, such as developing new organizational structures, led by the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command, to facilitate the integration of cyberspace operations," the GAO said in a summary of the report. "However, it is too early to tell if these changes will help DOD better address cybersecurity threats."

What industry can teach government about IT innovation and efficiency. Also in the new, all-digital issue of InformationWeek Government: Federal agencies have to shift from annual IT security assessments to continuous monitoring of their risks. Download it now. (Free registration required.)

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
News
Inside the Ransomware Campaigns Targeting Exchange Servers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/2/2021
Commentary
Beyond MITRE ATT&CK: The Case for a New Cyber Kill Chain
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Omdia,  3/30/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-20001
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-11
In the standard library in Rust before 1.2.0, BinaryHeap is not panic-safe. The binary heap is left in an inconsistent state when the comparison of generic elements inside sift_up or sift_down_range panics. This bug leads to a drop of zeroed memory as an arbitrary type, which can result in a memory ...
CVE-2020-36317
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-11
In the standard library in Rust before 1.49.0, String::retain() function has a panic safety problem. It allows creation of a non-UTF-8 Rust string when the provided closure panics. This bug could result in a memory safety violation when other string APIs assume that UTF-8 encoding is used on the sam...
CVE-2020-36318
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-11
In the standard library in Rust before 1.49.0, VecDeque::make_contiguous has a bug that pops the same element more than once under certain condition. This bug could result in a use-after-free or double free.
CVE-2021-28875
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-11
In the standard library in Rust before 1.50.0, read_to_end() does not validate the return value from Read in an unsafe context. This bug could lead to a buffer overflow.
CVE-2021-28876
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-11
In the standard library in Rust before 1.52.0, the Zip implementation has a panic safety issue. It calls __iterator_get_unchecked() more than once for the same index when the underlying iterator panics (in certain conditions). This bug could lead to a memory safety violation due to an unmet safety r...