Pentagon wraps up new acquisition rules to protect weapons from cyberattacks

(Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is taking aggressive action to bolster the security of U.S. weapons systems against cyberattacks, including issuing new rules for acquisitions that will be finalized in coming months, officials told Reuters.

In addition to the acquisition policy, the department is producing a guidebook to help program managers assess the cost and risk tradeoffs in structuring new weapons programs and making them more secure, said Assistant Secretary of Defense Katrina McFarland.

Both documents should be completed in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, McFarland told Reuters in an interview this week. She said officials were reviewing the documents to avoid inadvertently pointing would-be attackers to possible vulnerabilities.


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