The SIGNAL Blog

Network Visibility Key to Security, Per CYBERCOM

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Security experts must have full network awareness in real time if they are to thwart the growing cyberspace threat. Programs such as the joint regional security stacks (JRSS) may hold the key to securing networks against dominance by cybermarauders.

Cyber Mission Force Under Construction

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber Mission Force is generating teams and assigning them to combatant commands, but they are still in the learning phase for their missions. Half the teams will focus on defense, and the other half will focus on initiating activities.

Power in the Pacific Brings New Challenges, Responsibilities

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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As the only trusted major power in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States literally finds itself at the heart of all coalition networking activities. Amid the pivot to the Pacific, the nation also is striving to modernize the force while it confronts budgetary uncertainties domestically and abroad.

New Defense Secretary Needs Better White House Access

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter will need better access to the White House than that experienced by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel. That is the conclusion of John Grimes, the former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, who called Carter an excellent choice for the department.

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