DIA Assesses Cyber Security for Network Modernization

The agency is working to fortify the global intelligence network with upgrades.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is modernizing the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), a top-secret intelligence network connecting military bases, intelligence sites, and other networks globally. In its second year of upgrades, the agency is addressing overdue hardware updates—replacing aged components like routers and switches.

DIA Chief Information Officer Doug Cossa said, “This is replacing a lot of the aged network hardware, things like routers and switches and encryptors, that we rely on for the secure connectivity, and updating those that are critical nodes that make up that web of the JWICS network.”

“So, if and when equipment does fail, we have a second stack of equipment at our core nodes that we can failover to,” he continued. “We’ve got full redundancy across all the critical network components. That’s really been our focus over the past year, building that up around all of our functional areas that rely on JWICS.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For CIO Cossa as he oversees the modernization of the global top-secret information network.
  • For wisdom for Secretary Austin and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as they head the Department of Defense.
  • For U.S. cyber security officials as they work to prevent hacks and protect critical infrastructure.

Sources: Federal News Network


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