New DOD policy reinforces 'foundational' role of cybersecurity in acquisitions

By Justin Doubleday / January 6, 2021 at 1:44 PM
A new Defense Department instruction makes official a concept DOD officials have been increasingly beating the drum over the past several years: cybersecurity is critical to all aspects of defense acquisitions. The policy is formally established in a Dec. 31 instruction, " Cybersecurity For Acquisition Decision Authorities and Program Managers ," signed by Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord. The document states cybersecurity is "foundational to the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) and an intrinsic program manager (PM) responsibility when a program...

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