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An internet protocol or “IP” address allows devices to send each other information over the internet. DOD began planning for its transition to the next version of IP in 2017, following at least 2 prior attempts to do so since 2003.
“Cyber hygiene” is a set of practices for managing the most common and pervasive cybersecurity risks. The Department of Defense’s cyber hygiene is critical as threats to its information and networks increase.
DOD has had 3 cyber hygiene initiatives underway.
Private-sector companies build, renovate, and maintain about 99% of family housing at military bases in the United States. However, with reports of hazards like mold and pest infestations, there are concerns about how well DOD monitors the condition of this housing.
Open source software is code released under a license that grants users the right to modify, share, and reuse the software. Making code available for reuse as open source can have major benefits such as reducing costs and improving efficiency.
What GAO Found Executive branch agencies have made progress reforming the security clearance process, but long-standing key initiatives remain incomplete. Progress includes the issuance of common federal adjudicative guidelines and updated strategic documents to help sustain the reform effort.
What GAO Found In October 2016, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) took an initial step to implement continuous evaluation—a process to review the background of clearance holders and individuals in sensitive positions at any time during the eligibility period—across the executive...