Friday, January 9, 2015

Defense Information Systems Agency Turns to Industry for Novel Approaches to Secure Millions of Devices for Pentagon


""A Jan. 5 request for information queries contractors on a “next-generation” endpoint security system that would allow the agency to better configure, secure and keep tabs on network endpoints all using a central management tool.
Put simply, endpoints are all those devices -- desktops, laptops, mobile devices, servers -- connected to DOD’s networks. All told, there are 4 million of them. Endpoint security, then, describes the process of safeguarding those devices -- usually through software, such as antivirus and firewall protections.

With the rise of cloud computing and other virtualized services, however, DISA’s network has grown increasingly cluttered and complex.
“The endpoint has evolved to encompass a complex hybrid environment of desktops, laptops, mobile devices, virtual endpoints, servers, and infrastructure, involving both public and private clouds,” the RFI stated. “New technologies -- including those for virtualization, workforce mobility and cloud services -- are changing the way we conceptualize the desktop.”
At an AFCEA cybersecurity conference last month, DISA Chief Information Officer David Bennett hinted at the challenges the agency faces in securing a multitude of devices.""

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