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Cybersecurity Measures Adjust to Emerging Capabilities

January 31, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The task of protecting U.S. military cyber assets is increasing in complexity as new capabilities come to dominate communications and networking. Planners must implement security measures that do not hinder the new technologies introduced to the force.

That challenge was in a cyber fireside chat that opened the final day of AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego. Robert J. Carey, deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Defense Department, noted that one key tasking is to protect the mobile devices that now are proliferating in the force.

One approach is to tie identity credentials to these devices, especially for them to access the cloud. “If we can’t do that, then we’ve created more of a problem than an answer,” he stated.

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) will help in overall network security, he continued. The department is aiming for “an exact fit” between how warfighters use the JIE and how the U.S. Cyber Command provides security for it.

One activity that will help is the consolidation of data centers. Reducing the number of these data centers by 90 percent will allow security personnel to single out anomalous behavior and to identify attacks more effectively with identification tied to data, Carey pointed out.

Forewarned, but Not Forearmed, Against Cyberthreats

June 8, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

In the world of cybersecurity, the problem is not the threat to, but the vulnerability of, the Internet to breaches. The question is whether this reality can be conveyed successfully to the populace. What do you think is the key to solving these kinds information-age challenges?

Cool App-titude: U.S. Defense Department App Challenge

April 3, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Do you have a creative app solution to help students explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? If so, you could be a winner in the U.S. Defense Department's mobile app challenge running from now through June 4, 2012. Get details on how to enter.

Seeing is Retrieving

October 17, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

No detail is too small to hide from a new imagery analysis technology that aims to harness brainwaves to narrow down-and speed up-the search process.

Mobile Pushes Past Accreditation Challenges

July 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The effort to field mobile devices down to the squad level continues as the U.S. Defense Department certifies security credentials for the iPhone and Android operating systems. However, the arduous accreditation process still poses many hurdles for the military as it moves toward a more mobile communications environment.

Defense Computing Goes To the Next Level: Up

May 13, 2011
By Beverly T. Schaeffer

For U.S. Defense Department computing to reach max efficiency, it's going to have to reach for the sky-the proverbial clouds, to be exact. But network transition takes time-and the process must be evolutionary for it to bring systems and users aboard smoothly.

Harris Award To Provide Manpack Radio Systems for Deployed Forces

April 21, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Harris Corporation has received a $7.6 million order from the U.S. Defense Department for its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems. The Defense Department is acquiring the radios to provide deployed forces with expanded wireless tactical communications capabilities such as video, e-mail and collaborative chat.

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