Navy says NMCI will boost system defenses

Navy says NMCI will boost system defenses

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

JUNE 27—Navy officials expect the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet to improve protection against cyberattacks by implementing a layered systems defense, a project official said.

The service needs that extra layer as it tries to fend off an increasing number of attacks, said Scott Henderson, head of the NMCI Information Assurance Division for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.

At an NMCI briefing yesterday in Arlington, Va., Henderson blamed 'uneven levels of protection within the infrastructure' for an increase in the number of successful intrusions of Navy networks this year. There have been 125 attacks so far this year, up from 89 in 2000 and 117 in 1999.

Henderson said many of the attacks on the Defense Department's unclassified systems in general, and the Navy's in particular, could easily have been prevented.

Between April 1 and May 8, 63 Defense sites were hacked, according to DOD's Joint Task Force on Computer Network Operations. The sites' vulnerabilities had all been documented in department Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts, but no security patches had been installed, Henderson said.

'Doing NMCI is not an option but a requirement for the Department of the Navy to combat the current threat situation,' Henderson said.

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