Federal Drive interviews – Oct. 22

David RohretSenior Principle Systems Engineer at the Computer Sciences Corporation

When it comes to protecting federal networks, there’s nothing like seeing what they look like to a would-be hacker. That’s the approach our next guest took in helping create the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Adaptive Red Team. It created realistic scenarios. And it won David Rare-it a Government Information Security Leadership Award.

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DoD Reports

The Navy is holding a stand down to warn service members of prescription drug abuse. Marine Corps Times reports…Marines have to take four hours of standardized training. They’ll learn about the side effects of mixing prescription drugs. And they’ll discuss how medical providers should communicate constantly with each other so they don’t prescribe a dangerous mix of medication. Service members will learn to look for warning signs…both with their own care and that of their unit. Medical officers say they’re most worried about medications often prescribed for post-traumatic stress or brain injuries. Those include antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. (Marine Corps Times)

Cybersecurity Update

The Department of Homeland Security is reorganizing its cyber office. It will expand its three divisions to five…and create a performance-management office. Federal News Radio obtained a memo written by Assistant Secretary Mike Locatis. He says the new structure will make the cybersecurity office more agile and better equipped to partner with others. He says it should help make the nation’s networks and communications infrastructure more secure. The Department is looking to take on additional cybersecurity responsibilities. A draft executive order would put it in charge of distributing intelligence on cyber threats to operators of electric grids and other critical infrastructure. (Federal News Radio)

An executive order on cybersecurity would require intelligence agencies to tip off companies operating electric grids and other vital infrastructure to cyber threats. Then the companies could secure their networks against the threats. The order is now seven pages. It puts the Department of Homeland Security in charge of information sharing. DHS would distribute unclassified versions of top-secret intelligence reports about cyber threats against specific targets. The White House is still finalizing the order. Officials would not tell the Associated Press when it would be released. (Associated Press)