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DISA Racing to Streamline Cyber Toolsets

By Tobias Naegele

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will pare back its cybersecurity software stack in order to simplify the security architecture, eliminate redundancies, ease the burden on operators – and reduce licensing costs.

The rapid evolution of cybersecurity software tools is driving the shift. As vendors expand the reach and breadth of their toolsets, what had been distinct programs are beginning to overlap. Eliminating that duplication serves two purposes: reducing the complexity of the security architecture and easing the burden on often-overtaxed cyber defenders, said Col. Brian Lytell, DISA’s deputy director of cyber development.

“Integration has become increasingly complex and difficult,” Lytell said. “That is driving inefficiencies in the operational forces, not just within DISA but also within the services themselves. The amount of data that moves through there and the choices [of available tools] is making it difficult and complex [for operators] to understand.”

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