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Attendees listen to keynote addresses during the third annual AFCEA International TechNet Augusta conference, which wraps up Thursday. Photo by Mike Carptenter

Cyber Capabilities to Protect the DODIN Could Entice Interesting Work Force

August 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Uncle Sam wants you—especially unicorns, leprechauns or something in between. As the U.S. Defense Department revamps the way it protects its critical infrastructures and networks from emerging cyberthreats, military leaders want to reshape their work force and attract to their ranks highly specialized experts, including coveted data scientists.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia, takes to the white board to illustrate dysfunctional stovepipes that keep military disciplines from sharing information and missions. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Cyberwarriors Wrestle to Define 'Convergence'

August 25, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Convergence was the buzzword du jour as leaders outlined major changes to sweep the U.S. Army in efforts to shore up cyber weaknesses following a year of high-profile breaches and hacks that stunned the Defense Department. It is part of a cultural change that will have several military disciplines working together and removing the divides that have kept the intelligence community from working closely with signal commands, electronic warfare, cyber and information operations.

Marines conduct civil-military operations and collect, process, analyze and share information using software from a smartphone.

DISA Offers Mobile Solution for Secret Network; NGA Now 'Has an App for That'

August 13, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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The Defense Department’s much-anticipated capability solution to access classified voice and email up to the secret level from mobile devices finally migrated from the pilot stage and now is operational; while at the NGA, they've got an app store up and running that serves as a clearing house for geospatial-related mobile applications. 

Students from Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Kentucky, prepare their robotics entry for a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) competition. An AFCEA scholarship funded teacher training for PLTW—a leading provider of K-12 STEM programs—at the University

Foster the Next Generation of Innovators

August 1, 2015

Each year, the AFCEA Educational Foundation and AFCEA International chapters provide more than $2 million in grants and scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students in 24 various STEM-related degree programs in computer science, cybersecurity, information technology, telecommunications engineering, mathematics and other similar academic areas.

Disruptive by Design: Death of the Password

August 1, 2015
By Karyn Richardson

The password is vanishing. The cumbersome, multicharacter, hard-to-remember bane of Internet usage finally is dying. As biometric and behavioral monitoring technologies evolve, solutions that embrace revolutionary new identity verification systems based on users’ behaviors at the keyboards promise to replace the expiring relic.

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