By William Jackson
This is the last of a three-part series on developing a government cybersecurity ecosystem.
A plan to develop an automated system for defending agencies from cyber attacks could look to several existing agency projects that incorporate self-healing network features.
The concepts of a learning, self-healing network are being incorporated — or at least planned — in several current federal programs, including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, which would replace the aging current air traffic control system, and the Smart Grid program being spearheaded by the Energy Department to create an interactive national power distribution and delivery system.
Through a request for information issued in September, the Homeland Security Department is examining the technology needed to create a multi-agency or even a global system that could, through machine learning and automated information sharing, detect and respond to threats.