Cyber Command plans first industry day

U.S. Cyber Command plans to hold its first industry day on Oct. 27 to meet with representatives of the cybersecurity industry. The move is part of the command's efforts to capitalize on its expanded acquisition authority. Last year, Congress appropriated $75 million in annual funding through 2021 for cyber operations hardware, software and services.

At FCW's Aug. 9 cybersecurity event, Cyber Command CIO George "Dennis" Bartko compared working in the cybersecurity space to golf because everyone is playing on the same course. That makes collaboration between government and the technology industry all the more important.

"All of us and our adversaries are in that same space, and whoever can play that course better wins," Bartko said.

He told FCW that the planned industry day was not pegged to any particular procurement but rather to encourage a broader conversation. "We're just putting it all out there," he said. "It's our first one, so we'll see how it goes -- and hopefully the second will then be even better."

However, any new procurement activity is expected to be complimentary, and the command still expects to continue using its normal acquisitions process.

"With our own acquisition authority we can start acquiring directly, and that helps [to streamline] a lot, said Bartko. "However, because the authority Congress gave us -- which we're very thankful for -- is incremental…we will continue to acquire things through others agencies in order to execute our entire portfolio."

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