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DOD puts security onus on commanders

In its latest effort to improve network security, Pentagon officials are making individual commanders accountable for protecting data that passes through their systems. The goal is to get individual commands to take information assurance seriously, Defense Department officials said. That responsibility extends to systems used by contractors as well as DOD staff. Individuals will be responsible for that data regardless of their security clearance levels, said Robert Lentz, information assurance director for the chief information officer’s office at DOD. The plan “assigns responsibility to people within the infrastructure in terms of their information assurance roles,” he said. “There is a designated approval authority and it forces commanders to pay attention to their own [information technology] hierarchies,” Lentz said. Full Story

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