For the U.S. Defense Department, the Internet of Things means that everything—battlefield uniforms, office thermostats and major weapon systems, for example—are networked, providing tremendous amounts of data for situational awareness while also preventing challenges for cybersecurity and data storage and analysis.
The Internet of Things, the latest iteration of the overarching dream of an omnipresent network architecture, offers an uncertain future in both opportunities and challenges. That uncertainty is growing as the network concept itself expands in scope and reach.
Unfortunately, cyberspace is an increasingly attractive venue for aggression these days. The digital domain facilitates operational maneuver in a manner that obfuscates an actor’s identity, affiliation and tactics. But unlike sea, air and land, much of cyberspace’s doctrine remains undefined, to include even the most fundamental of terms. We do not even have an agreed-upon definition of what constitutes an attack in cyberspace—and it is high time we did.
The accelerating science, technology and engineering revolutions have policy, legal, ethical and strategic implications for national security.
AFCEA is moving forward amid a time of great change, both internally and externally. The defense community of the United States and its allies is in flux as nations weigh the need for stronger defense against severe budgetary pressures. The nature of threats is as dynamic as the technology-inspired changes that are revolutionizing societies everywhere. AFCEA is both responding to these conditions and laying the groundwork for future developments.
The U.S. military does not need to catch up to the commercial world in terms of cyber superiority—it needs to better leverage what already is out there and let the commercial world help the U.S. Defense Department better secure its cyber domain, says Maj. Gen. Craig S. Olson, USAF, the program executive officer for the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence (C3I) and Networks Directorate at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public review draft recommendations to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive federal information residing on the computers of contractors and other nonfederal organizations working for the government.
Technology plays a central role in helping the Department of Veterans Affairs work smarter, not harder, to medically treat veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas of the nation.
Intel Security partnered with Discovery Education to launch a three-year national education initiative with a goal of reaching at least 35 million students with a brand new program to teach safe cyberpractices. “Think Before You Link” is the first and only Discovery Education-supported initiative to focus on cybersecurity education with a first of its kind digital safety curricula.