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Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors

By Reuters

October 21, 2010

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The U.S. Department of Defense aims to tighten ties with its cyber security contractors in an effort to better protect sensitive computer networks against growing cyber threats.

The department's use of top-level system integrators and entrepreneurs will continue to grow, along with the need for so-called "active" defenses that scan incoming code to shield network perimeters, Robert Butler, the Pentagon's top official for cyber policy, said on Wednesday (Oct. 20).

"And as we thread those together, what we want to do is a very very tight partnership with industry," Butler, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, told reporters. One key goal was to cut the lag between development of new protective technology and its deployment, he said.

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