The Department Of Defense Networked Systems

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The Department of Defense networked systems are large. According to one article in the National Defense Magazine the total number is 15,000 (Erwin, 2013). With this amount of networks to defend, it is remarkable to not hear of more intrusions. However, though this argument is focused for those whom are echelons above the battalion and brigade level, network consolidation should be moved at a much faster pace. Currently there are over five separate networks being utilized by the Army alone. Each network is managed differently and by different security managers. Without proper communication, an attack on one network might go unnoticed by the security managers on other networks. Though convergence is underway, the 9th Mission Support Command took a slight step backwards when the command brought the Army Reserve Network online in 2015, after spending the past six years utilizing the United States Pacific Command’s network. Such a move would provide security managers, already working for the Department of Defense, the ability to move to the battalion and brigade level, further reducing the cost of hiring additional CISSPs as well as bolstering training, and local security. Joint Base San Antonio recently has undergone network consolidation, once implement throughout armed branches of the Defense Department. It is estimated the worldwide consolidation will reduce the 1,000 security stack in operation to just 50 (Erwin, 2013), making the defense of network resources
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