Sometimes it’s useful to go back to the beginning, to understand the reasons for the decisions which are made and why. To clarify the mission objective and reconfirm what we are doing and why we are doing it.
The enclosed public report was published in 2018 by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Senate Armed Services Committee. It identifies cyber vulnerabilities in weapon systems and raises concerns about the security of the DoD supply chain and that of its defence contractors and subcontractors. It’s one of several reports which help understand why cyber security and cyber risk management are a priority for the DoD. Driving regulations such as FISMA and CMMC to manage cybersecurity across the DIB. Which are complex programmes the DIB will have to evaluate and comply to. Reports such as this set the foundations of the mission and help understand decision making processes, driving cyber security regulation across the DIB. Other industries are grappling with similar issues from driverless cars, drones to home cameras, it is not unique to DoD weapon systems.
So remember John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her”. This is not just an issue for the DoD, cybersecurity is an issue for all supply chains, customer and suppliers. Albeit defence system security or lack there of, needs addressing as a matter of urgency and the Defence Industry Base plays a crucial role.