DAOD 6002-0, Information Technology
Date of Issue: 2012-04-18
Date of Last Modification: 2022-09-28
Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).
Approval Authority: Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)/ Chief Information Officer (ADM(IM)/CIO)
Enquiries: Director Defence Information Management Planning (DDIMP)
cyber security (cybersécurité)
The body of technologies, processes, practices and response and mitigation measures designed to protect electronic information and information infrastructure from mischief, unauthorized use, or disruption. (Policy on Service and Digital, Treasury Board)
information technology (technologie de l’information)
Involves both technology infrastructure and information technology applications. Technology infrastructure includes any equipment or system that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission or reception of data or information. Information technology applications include all matters concerned with the design, development, installation and implementation of information systems and applications to meet business requirements. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 3161)
information technology system (système de technologie de l'information)
An assembly of computer hardware, software or firmware, either stand-alone or interconnected, that is used to process or transmit data, or to control mechanical or other devices. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 48262)
operational authority (autorité opérationnelle)
Authority assigned to a person to define requirements and operating principles, set standards and accept risk within their area of responsibility.
Note ─ The term “operational authority” may also be used to refer to a DND employee or CAF member who is assigned operational authority. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43435 to be amended)
operational technology (technologie opérationnelle)
Hardware and software that detects or causes a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events in the enterprise. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 695774)
platform technology (technologie de plate-forme)
Hardware and software on ships, aircraft, vehicles, weapon systems and equipment that monitors and/or controls data, power, command and control, surveillance, fire control, navigation, propulsion, maintenance, training and other fundamental functions of the system. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 695775)
security authority (autorité de sécurité)
Authority assigned to a person to identify risk, to provide advice and security standards for endorsement by the operational authority and technical authority, and monitor compliance within their area of responsibility.
Note ─ The term “security authority” may also be used to refer to a DND employee or CAF member who is assigned security authority. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43436 to be amended)
senior designated official (cadre supérieur désigné)
A person responsible for assisting the deputy head in fulfilling their function-specific policy requirements. (Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments, Treasury Board)
Provision of a specific final output that addresses one or more needs of an intended recipient and contributes to the achievement of an outcome. (Policy on Service and Digital, Treasury Board)
technical authority (autorité technique)
Authority assigned to a person to set specifications and standards, manage configurations, provide advice and monitor compliance within their area of responsibility.
Note ─ The term “technical authority” may also be used to refer to a DND employee or CAF member who is assigned technical authority. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43437 to be amended)
3.1 DAOD 1000-6, Policy Framework for Information and Information Technology Management, assigns functional authority for information technology (IT) management to ADM(IM)/CIO. In support of the Vice Chief of Defence Staff Project Approval Directive, the ADM(IM)/CIO acts, in accordance with the Treasury Board (TB) Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments and the Directive on the Management of Projects and Programmes, as the senior designated official (SDO) for the planning and management of DND and CAF IT projects and programmes.
Note – For additional information on the management of IT projects, see DAOD 6002-10, Management of Information Technology Projects.
3.2 The ADM(IM)/CIO also acts as the Defence Official for Cyber Security (DOCS) for the DND and the CAF in accordance with TB Policy on Service and Digital.
3.3 In accordance with the TB Directive on Service and Digital, ADM(IM) in the role of CIO is responsible for approving the IT component of DND and CAF strategies, plans, initiatives, projects, procurements and spending authority requests.
3.4 IT is a strategic asset that enables DND business continuity and the success of CAF operations.
3.5 The effective management of IT requires that the information system design authority (ISDA), the chief technology security architect (CTSA), and operational, technical and security authorities clearly understand their roles and scope of authority when participating in the decision-making process.
3.6 The boundaries between IT, operational technology (OT) and platform technology (PT) can be difficult to define due to continuous advancements in technologies and many defence capabilities being enabled by technologies that span the boundaries between IT, OT and PT.
3.7 For the purposes of the DAOD 6002 series, IT supports OT and PT to ensure their integration and interoperability with technology infrastructure and applications, and includes any DND and CAF technology other than:
- OT that is installed as additional equipment on a platform; and
- PT that is built-in to a platform as a component of the platform.
3.8 This DAOD should be read in conjunction with the DND and CAF IM and IT Policy Framework, DAOD 6002 series and other relevant policies, directives, instructions, standards and guidelines.
3.9 The DND and the CAF are committed to:
- setting direction, establishing clear authorities and using a collaborative approach for the integrated planning, management, delivery and support of IT; and
- supporting a digitally enabled CAF that is strategically relevant, operationally responsive and tactically decisive.
3.10 The DND and the CAF must:
- ensure that IT is managed as a strategic asset and in accordance with Government of Canada (GC) strategies and priorities, and the mandate of the DND and the CAF;
- use consistent definitions of IT roles, functions and services;
- issue direction and communicate clear expectations with respect to IT;
- keep pace with technological changes;
- ensure interoperability with allies;
- address by design the applicable requirements for accessibility, diversity and inclusion, official languages, protection of information and the environment when procuring or developing IT;
- provide clear, concise and timely direction for the integrated planning, management, delivery and support of IT;
- establish direction that builds on and is in alignment with GC direction on IT; and
- ensure that DND business and CAF operations are digitally enabled.
4.1 Should clarification of the policy statement, requirements or authorities set out in this DAOD be required, DND employees and CAF members may seek direction through their channel of communication or chain of command, as appropriate. The anticipated results set out in the policy statement may not be achieved by the DND and the CAF if the requirements specified in this DAOD are not properly implemented. Not achieving the anticipated results could affect the ability of the DND and the CAF to ensure that the CAF is prepared to undertake missions for the protection of Canada and Canadians and the maintenance of international peace and stability.
5.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:
|The ...||has the authority to ...|
|level one advisors and commanders of commands or formations||
|Director Information Management Engineering and Integration||
Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD
- National Defence Act
- Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
- Privacy Act
- Policy on Service and Digital, Treasury Board
- Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments, Treasury Board
- Directive on Service and Digital, Treasury Board
- Directive on the Management of Projects and Programmes, Treasury Board
- Canada's Digital Government Strategy, Treasury Board
- DAOD 1000-6, Policy Framework for Information and Information Technology Management
- DAOD 6000-0, Information Management and Information Technology
- DAOD 6002-2, Acceptable Use of the Internet, Defence Intranet, Computers and Other Information Technology Systems
- DAOD 6002-10, Management of Information Technology Projects
- DAOD 6003-0, Information Technology Security
- B-GJ-005-300/FP-001, Canadian Forces Joint Publication 3.0 – Operations
- DND and CAF IM and IT Policy Framework
- Project Approval Directive
- Deputy Minister Appointment, Defence Official for Cyber Security
- Deputy Minister Announcement, DND Senior Designated Official (SDO) for the Management of IM and IT Projects and Programmes (available in English only)
- Defence CIO Appointment 001/18, Chief Technology and Security Architect
- Defence CIO Appointment 001/21, Information System Design Authority
- IM and IT DAOD, Standards and Guides, ADM(IM) intranet site
- IM and IT Policy Instrument Development, ADM(IM) intranet site
- Interim Directives, Instructions and Other Correspondence, ADM(IM) intranet site
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