Pentagon steps up private-sector cyber exchanges

The Defense Department is stepping up an exchange program to bring private-sector IT experts into the Pentagon and send military personnel into the corporate world, said Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen.

A program that has brought Cisco to the Pentagon to share its expertise on routers will expand to include personnel from about 10 firms, Halvorsen said Oct. 29 at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington. The private-sector employees will be embedded with Halvorsen’s CIO staff or in the military services’ CIO offices.

The program is built on the widely held notion in government that federal agencies need to inject private expertise into their daily operations to keep pace with cyberthreats.

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