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DISA director says JRSS migrations press on with 'no concerns'

The Defense Information Systems Agency director, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton said migrations for the Joint Regional Security Stacks Program are moving forward and the only concerns are the readiness of service networks at the base level.

An internal DOD report recommended that JRSS migrations be halted to fix latency and training concerns. But Norton told reporters those issues have been fixed during a May 15 media roundtable at the DISA-AFCEA TechNet Cyber conference in Baltimore, Md.

"We've made a lot of changes to JRSS in the course of the last year," Norton said, adding that DISA has increased training and capacity to reduce latency, implemented standardization of migration tools, prepared for the SIPRNet migration that is currently underway, and improved governance processes and policies.

A Defense Department report released in January determined that JRSS migrations should be halted until latency, cybersecurity, and training issues were addressed. DISA indicated that it would push forward with migrations in February.

"I really don't have any concerns; that's why we're moving forward with migration," she said. "If anything, the concerns are just making sure that the service networks at the base, point, camp, station [level] are prepared effectively, which is why DISA is working with the services to ensure pre-migration checklists have been done "so that we know what to expect."

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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