Cyber Blog

NATO Releases IoT Draft Report

May 25, 2017
The Internet of Things poses some risks to military forces, a draft report from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly points out. The report will be discussed at the assembly's spring session and will be updated over the summer.

The Parliamentary Assembly will discuss a report urging governments to take a more proactive role in defining the IoT's future at its spring session.

DHS Commercializes Malware Detection Technology

April 28, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security’s S&T Directorate announced the transition of Hyperion, a malware detection technology, to the commercial marketplace.

Innovation Advantages Run Afoul of Reality

April 24, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel discussion examines innovation as a security imperative at NITEC 2017 in Ottawa.

The need for innovation in cybersecurity often is stymied by procurement complications.

Humans Join Systems On The Hunt for Threats

April 21, 2017

Threat hunting allows cyber attacks to be discovered earlier with the goal of stopping them before intruders are able to carry out their attack objectives.

Army Faces Around-the-Clock Cyber Challenges

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army must conduct cyber operations at increasingly lower operational levels while being limited in needed authorities.

Even After Being Hacked, Most Americans Neglect Cyber Best Practices

February 13, 2017
By Ali Cybulski

Although Americans expect major cyber attacks to be a way of life in the near future and lack trust in modern institutions to protect their personal data, they fail to follow cyber best practices, the Pew Research Center reports.

U.S. Army Introduces Cyber Fast Track for Civilians

February 13, 2017
The U.S. Army is rolling out a direct commissioning program for the cyber career field that would allow qualified civilians to bypass prerequisites to become an officer.

The U.S. Army is responding to the high demand for cyber experts with a new program that could let qualified civilians be commissioned directly into the service with a rank up to colonel. The Defense Department also is looking into whether the idea could work for the other services.  

 

3rd Annual Florida CyberThon Draws More Students Than Ever

February 14, 2017
By Tony Ferguson
Florida-based students participated in the third annual CyberThon challenge in January.

The third annual CyberThon event drew in more students than ever, providing hands-on cybersecurity, defense training to students of many ages who worked to defeat simulated cybersecurity threats to an online banking network. Students from dozens of Florida schools participated in the challenge hosted by AFCEA's Pensacola "Blue Angels" Chapter.

Trump Administration Should Read and Heed Obama Cyber Report

January 31, 2017
By Ray Rothrock
Image credit: www.bluecoat.com

As the nation deals with intelligence reports of Russian hacks of the U.S. presidential election, some of us in industry are pondering how President Donald Trump will tackle cybersecurity issues. He already has a good road map. In December, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity issued its “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy.” It is high time the executive branch dug deeply into cybersecurity issues, writes RedSeal's Ray Rothrock.

Army Cyber Center of Excellence Requests Capability Research

January 17, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The Army Cyber Center of Excellence is requesting research papers that address specific areas that answer learning demands or capability gaps that inhibit operational force effectiveness or efficiency.

Hillary Isn't Alone In Using a Personal Device for Work

January 6, 2017
As many as 40 percent of federal agency employees disregard mobile device policy.

The security risk from personal devices is much larger than policies alone can control.

 

Greater Integration Across the EMS Needed for Battlefield Dominance

December 20, 2016
By Capt. Kenneth Parks, USN (Ret.)

There’s no disputing technology’s role in the rapidly changing face of modern warfare. The convergence of commercial services with military applications, such as delivery of real-time data from anywhere using various devices, has changed what constitutes a combat environment. The U.S. military seeks to define a strategic approach to these converged operations. Time is of the essence, writes Kenneth Parks of Harris Corporation. 

Farewell to Hale, the Chief

December 15, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Richard Hale, the Defense Department chief information security officer, has retired after a long and distinguished career in public service. He will be missed, but he leaves a legacy of others following his model.

ZeroPoint Earns Mega Points with DHS

December 13, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that ZeroPoint, an exploit detection and analytics tool, has spun off as a startup company called ZeroPoint Dynamics.

Defense Department Launches 'Hack the Army' Bug Bounty Program

Hackers, take your mark. Building on the successes of the U.S. Defense Department’s “Hack the Pentagon” bug bounty program launched earlier this year, the Army now launches its own challenge. it’s now the Army’s turn.

Halvorsen Offers a Different Take on the Insider Threat

November 17, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Terry Halvorsen, U.S. Defense Department chief information officer, addresses the crowd at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Terry Halvorsen, U.S. Defense Department chief information officer, told the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific audience he is concerned about the cyber threat posed by insiders, but he also warned against limiting employees’ sense of freedom.

What’s the Most Deadly Cyber Attack?

November 17, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Experts debate whether a cyber attack against common information systems or industrial control systems would be more lethal. Photo by Bob Goodwin

U.S. military and civilian experts on protecting critical infrastructure control systems debated whether a cyber attack on common information systems or on industrial control systems would be more deadly in response to an audience question at the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific conference in Honolulu.

Operational Challenges in the Cyber Domain

November 16, 2016
By George I. Seffers
A panel discusses challenges in cyber domain at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific in Hawaii. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Operating in a relatively new operations domain, cyber fighters are coping with a wide range of challenges, including lack of training and still-to-be-defined policies, doctrines and authorities. Speaking at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific, a panel of cyber experts agreed that the authorities to conduct cyber operations—along with policies, doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures—still need to be defined even as technology advances rapidly.

Building Trust in the Cyber Era

November 15, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Asia-Paciifc 2016 discuss the need for trust in the cyber domain. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Trust—or a lack thereof—is one of the biggest impediments to information sharing among coalitions and partner nations, according to a panel of experts speaking at the AFCEA TechNet conference in Honolulu. Randy Cieslak, chief information officer for the U.S. Pacific Command, led the panel. He described cyber as a two-edged sword available to both good guys and bad.

Defeating Enemies at the Speed of Cyber, Not Speed of Budgets

November 2, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews, USAF, (Ret.), former director of cyberspace operations and chief information security officer for the Air Force, delivers the luncheon keynote during MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter

The military that can control and deny access to and use of the electromagnetic spectrum will be the victor of the next war, predicts Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews, USAF, (Ret.), former director of cyberspace operations and chief information security officer for the Air Force. Attaining supremacy within that crucial domain should be driving emerging technologies that will give the U.S. military the technical overmatch on the battlefield.

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