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Software transition to strengthen cyberscurity, DOD says

The Defense Department said a new software operating system will help it improve its cybersecurity stance and streamline its information technology operating environment.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, in a memo to top DOD leaders late last month, said the department will deploy the software, Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline, department-wide by next January.

Work said the decision was made after consultation with department leadership and discussions with DOD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen, who said the DOD-wide transition to a single operating system is unprecedented.

“Transitioning to a single operating system across the department will improve our cybersecurity posture by establishing a common baseline,” Halvorsen said, noting that deploying the software also will lower the cost of the department’s IT.

DOD said the transition will involve shifting more than 3 million Windows-based desktops, laptops and tablets to the new operating system. Mobile phones are not covered by the move.

According to the department, security features in the new program will help DOD implement faster software patches, defeat a specific new cyber-intrusion technique making the rounds, and allow cyber staff to better detect malicious activity.

See more at: http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/688721/dod-wide-windows-10-rapid-deployment-to-boost-cybersecurity.

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