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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

NSA to take lead on Defense info assurance architecture

The National Security Agency is filling a new role in the Defense Department: leading the information assurance path DOD takes to becoming a network-centric workplace.

“We asked NSA to build an IA architecture.  NSA did a knock-your-socks-off job of doing this,” Guthrie said today at a lunch the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council sponsored in Arlington, Va.

The IA component calls for integrating security into the GIG by, among other things, authenticating credentials and security clearances.  NSA will put together a GIG Information Assurance Portfolio so DOD can have a go-to agency if portions of the grid lack adequate security, Guthrie said.

“NSA will deliver a vision for what it’s going to take to secure the environment,” she said.  “This is a blueprint for us to effect this broad IA environment.”

Guthrie also said the Pentagon is getting out of the business of application integration and moving more toward data-level integration.

Posted on 12/15