Pentagon Cites MITRE Report on Cyber-Hardening for Defense Acquisition

July 17, 2018

The Pentagon could stop awarding contracts to companies whose weapons are deemed vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to senior U.S. Defense Department officials. They cited a soon-to-be-released MITRE report that recommends making cyber-hardening the fourth pillar of acquisition, along with cost, schedule, and past performance. 

Today, companies are responsible for assessing whether their own products meet DoD cybersecurity standards.

“Because of a couple recent events, we realized that that is not good enough,” Kevin Fahey, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said Monday during a briefing at the Farnborough Air Show.

MITRE Corp., a research-and-development firm, conducted a study, which is “the baseline of where we’re starting from,” Fahey said after the briefing.

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