Clicking the “COMPLY” check box on the list of government requirement flow-downs may seem like a necessary evil of being a supplier to the defense market, but some regulations around information and cybersecurity provide the critical foundations of a trusted computing supply chain.
Cyber and information warfare are the hottest and possibly most contested battlefields in the race for military dominance. Case in point, the U.S. Navy recently changed the name of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), in recognition of how important information warfare to defense strategy.
Similarly, earlier this year, the U.S. Army, announced the evolution of its Cyber Command into the Information Warfare Command, and the U.S. Air Force announced the merger of the 24th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) and the 25th Air Force, to create a new information warfare focused command.
By all indicators, information currently sits near the top of the food chain of assets requiring protection. To that end, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) upped the ante on regulations around what types of information need protection and how much suppliers must protect that information.
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