The Drumbeat with Nancy A. Norton


Last month, DISA leaders and thousands of our mission and industry partners attended the AFCEA TechNet Cyber 2019 conference in Baltimore. It was a wonderful three days of information sharing regarding the latest cyber strategies and technologies.

In this edition of the newsletter, I want to highlight some of the most important innovations and policies discussed at the event, from cloud security to our agency’s work with industry on automated tools to identify potential cyber threats.

I encourage you to disseminate relevant information within your organization and to provide your feedback regarding these events and other DISA outreach efforts to the Mission Partner Engagement Team or the DISA field office or liaison officer in your area of responsibility.

DISA is poised to support our mission partners in the conflicts of the future

AFCEA TechNet Cyber is always a great meeting of the minds, but this year felt especially meaningful. DISA Executive Deputy Director Tony Montemarano and I spoke about how DISA is currently supporting our mission partners, and how we see the agency doing it in the future.

Remaining ahead of the adversary

Our near-peer adversaries are constantly evolving, so we must as well.

Program managers and subject matter experts from across DISA spoke at AFCEA TechNet Cyber about technologies and processes that will keep our mission partners ahead of the adversary in cyberspace.

A comprehensive approach to security

DISA is in the business of cybersecurity, and constantly seeks to protect our nation’s interests in the cyber domain. We remain mindful that being secure in the cyber domain will help us win the multi-domain battle.

Supporting the department’s leaders

  • I am proud of my team’s recent efforts to provide technical support for Dana Deasy, the Department of Defense chief information officer, during his first global town hall May 17. DISA, working together with the Defense Media Activity (DMA), provided live-streaming of the event to the worldwide DOD information technology community.

  • Using the Global Content Delivery Service (GCDS) we distributed a high-definition live stream of the event to localized nodes across the Defense Information Systems Network and into conference rooms and auditoriums across the DOD. We also used Global Video Services to support sites unable to bring the GCDS stream into their large group areas.

  • Learn more about the support DISA provided for this event and view a recording of the town hall where Deasy and his leadership team reviewed the department’s digital modernization strategy.

We’re hiring!

  • As our mission continues to expand, we are seeking to add dedicated individuals to our team of more than 7,000 civilians worldwide. Please help us spread the word! 

  • Here’s a direct link to our current openings, along with more information about careers at DISA.

Keep in touch

I appreciate our partnerships and am proud of DISA’s role in ensuring your mission success. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer season, and look forward to updating you again soon.




Posted June 19, 2019