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AFCEA Participates in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, October 2013


AFCEA is honored to join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop. Think. Connect.™ Campaign’s National Network and recognize this October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month.


Stop.Think.Connect. is an awareness effort designed to help Americans practice safer online habits. DHS, in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), leads the Campaign. The Campaign’s National Network is an alliance of non-profit organizations that promote cybersecurity awareness within their organizations and to their stakeholders.

AFCEA and our Chapters are excited to promote this campaign in October and throughout the year.


SIGNAL's Cybersecurity in the Workplace: 5 Tips for Cyber Safety on the Road, and More

When it comes to cybersecurity, companies are only as strong as their weakest link. In most cases, the weakest link can be organizations’ own employees. Social engineering, rogue email attachments and access through telecommuting are just a few of the ways cybercriminals can creep into otherwise secure networks. AFCEA International urges all global security organizations to ensure their staff members are not only their most valued resource but also are aware of their important roles in keeping their networks secure.


October Events:

  • Free Webinars
    • Practical Cryptography Steps for applying encryption in today’s networks
    • The Cloud, Security, and You: Tips, Tricks and Traps
    • Continuous Monitoring: Ready for Prime Time or Still Just Hype
    • Using the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Contract to Make Real Security Advances
    • Responding to a Large-Scale Cybersecurity Incident
    • Developing Your Cyber Workforce
  • AFCEA Answers Radio Show: Cyber Security: Safeguarding the Grid
  • Alamo Chapter Military City USA Radio Show

AFCEA Cyber-related activities:


Free Webinars

Practical Cryptography Steps for applying encryption in today’s networks

Available during the month of October

1 CEU for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+; 1 GIAC CMU  

In this one hour webcast: Encrypting data at rest and in transit has become a standard procedure. But how, exactly, do today's devices use encryption?

  • Essential concepts
  • Whole disk encryption software
    • BitLocker
    • TrueCrypt
  • Invoking encryption on mobile devices
  • Backing up data
  • Securing wireless networks
  • Public key authentication in SSH
  • Tunneling with SSH

Pre-recorded and presented by Cypherpath Subject Matter Expert, Dr. James Stanger

Click here to register for this free webinar


The Cloud, Security, and You: Tips, Tricks and Traps

Available during the month of October

1 CEU for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+; 1 GIAC CMU  

In this one hour webcast: The world has moved to “the cloud” rapidly over the past two years. You will learn about essential information for securing a cloud-based presence. Topics will include:

  • Balancing scalability and security;
  • Steps for choosing a secure provider;
  • Current techniques for overcoming typical cloud security issues; and
  • Cloud forensics

Pre-recorded and presented by Cypherpath Subject Matter Expert, Dr. James Stanger

Click here to register for this free webinar



Continuous Monitoring: Ready for Prime Time or Still Just Hype

Available during the month of October

1 CMU towards a certification that expires no later than April 2015 to stay within the GIAC required two year window to demonstrate ongoing competency

Featuring Tony Sager and John Pescatore

Advanced targeted threats are continuing to evolve and at the same time trends like cloud and Bring Your Own Device are driving faster and faster change to IT systems. Occasional penetration tests, annual audits and quarterly vulnerability scans are no longer even close to sufficient to protect the business. Not only is more continuous monitoring necessary to maintain a due diligence level of security, it is increasingly a requirement of compliance regimes such as the Payment Card Industry, FISMA and others. However, continuous monitoring only increases security if the right things are monitored and if the monitoring is used to drive continuous improvement in security defenses. As the old saying goes; "You can't manage it if you can't measure it, but just measuring it doesn't manage it, either." Choosing the most effective security controls to monitor is key, and the Critical Security Controls initiative is proving to be a force multiplier for organizations looking to implement effective, efficient continuous management processes. Come hear SANS experts Tony Sager and John Pescatore detail the status and future of the Critical Security Controls and describe strategies and What Works in using the controls as the basis for a Continuous Monitoring program.

 Register here to attend this On Demand webcast:


Using the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Contract to Make Real Security Advances

Available any time

The Department of Homeland Security recently awarded the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Blanket Purchase Agreement across multiple system integrators and security product vendors. The CDM program presents an opportunity for government agencies to use DHS funding to procure, deploy and operate the critical security controls needed to detect advanced attacks and prevent breaches, as well as meet NIST requirements for continuous monitoring. Over the next 5 years up to $6B of funding has been programmed to support this historic effort.

At this webinar, a distinguished panel of experts will provide details on the CDM contract and how to use it, pinpoint the security advances that CDM will enable, discuss how state and local governments can also benefit and present SANS plans for supporting the security community in using the CDM vehicle to make real, lasting advances in cybersecurity.

Speakers:John Pescatore joined the SANS Institute as director of emerging security trends in January 2013, with 35 years’ experience in computer, network and information security. Mr. Pescatore was Gartner’s lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Before joining Gartner, he was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he created and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and public-key Infrastructure, and spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems.

Tony Sager retired from the National Security Agency in June 2012 after 35 years in the Information Assurance mission. He had technical assignments as a mathematical cryptographer, software developer, and software vulnerability analyst. As executive manager, Tony led the Systems and Network Attack Center and the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group - two organizations responsible for some of NSA’s most important advancements in cyber defense, and national leaders in open security standards, guidance, automation, and best practices. He concluded his career as the Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate. Tony is currently with the SANS Institute leading special projects, including the Top 20 Critical Security Controls.

Click here to register for this free webinar.


Responding to a Large Scale Cybersecurity Incident

Available any time

Watch Christian Roylo discuss "Responding to a Large Scale Cybersecurity Incidents" from the virtual event, A Discussion with CERT Experts: Constructing a Secure Cyber Future.

About the Speaker: Christian Roylo has 17 years of investigative and law enforcement experience, 8 of them in the field of digital forensics and investigations. He previously worked as the Director of Cyber Forensic Investigations at Barclays, a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, and a Metropolitan Police Officer with the Honolulu Police Department. His current work at DIID remains pivotal in the investigation of high profile cyber criminal organizations by the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection service. This includes the continual operational support and response as well as spearheading the creation and development of specialized methodologies and platforms. This includes MCARTA, DIID's Malicious Code Automated Run Time Analysis environment and specialized malware analysis methodologies and training for DIID's US Government Sponsors. His current certifications are CISSP, GIAC GREM, and ACE. He has held a past EnCE certification.



Developing Your Cyber Workforce

Available any time

Watch Chris May discuss "Developing Your Cyber Workforce" from the virtual event, A Discussion with CERT Experts: Constructing a Secure Cyber Future.

About the Speaker: As technical manager of the Workforce Development team within CERT, Christopher May leads a diverse team of professionals on large-scale projects with numerous U.S.government agencies, notably the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. He is also an adjunct faculty member with Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute, teaching courses in applied information assurance and computer forensics. Prior to joining the SEI, May served seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a communications and information officer. He held various information technology positions in Korea, Japan, multiple countries in Europe, and the United States. May's last Air Force assignment was chief of the Network Control Center at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In this role, he led more 90 technicians, who supported 9,000 users, in the daily operations and maintenance of the third largest base network in the Air Force.


AFCEA Answers Radio Show

Cyber Security: Safeguarding the Grid

October 11, 2:05 PM

Brought to you by URS and McAfee

The "persistent threat" is becoming the hallmark of how government and industry deal with cybersecurity concerns, particularly threats to the nation's electrical grid and critical infrastructure. Plus: how is industry and government training and retaining top cybersecurity professionals? On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we'll explore these topics with Dr. Ernest McDuffie from NIST; Mike Peterson, Vice President with URS, former Air Force CIO; and Tom Conway, Director of Federal Business Development with McAfee.

Military City USA Radio

Sponsored by the AFCEA Alamo Chapter

Airs live each Saturday, 8-9am CST

San Antonio 930 AM KLUP and

Military City USA Radio is about all things military in “Military City USA,” San Antonio, Texas. The show is intended to inform and educate listeners about the diversity and importance of the more than 200 military missions in this city and the men and women who command them and are associated with them.

The show interviews active-duty uniformed military, military civilians, and veterans. Guests also include leaders and community and civic organization representatives that support the military in San Antonio. October's shows will focus on cyber security.

CERT STEPfwd AFCEA member benefit

CERT STEPfwd (Simulation, Training, and Exercise Platform) combines extensive research and innovative technology to offer a new solution to cybersecurity workforce development – helping practitioners and their teams build knowledge,skills, and experience in a continuous cycle of professional development. The goal of this approach is for cybersecurity professionals to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully and effectively perform their duties -individually making improvements and collectively moving the organization forward. This one year subscription includes unlimited individual self-paced access to 36 cyber security courses. 


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SIGNAL Media provides in-depth, relevant and timely news in the communications and information technology realms of the defense, intelligence and global security communities.

SIGNAL October issue

  • The need for a new –INT focusing on social media
  • NSA and cloud computing
  • Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise
  • Transliteration software assisting intelligence databases
  • Is big data is the way ahead for intelligence?

SIGNAL June issue

  • Cyber Command Redefines the Art: Interview with GEN Keith Alexander
  • Critical Infrastructure Ripe for Attack: Interview with Eugene Kaspersky
  • Cyber Train as You Fight
  • Command's Cybersecurity Crosses Domains, Directorates
  • Cybersecurity: Everybody's Doing It
  • Helping the Grid to Bounce Back
  • Air Force Comes to Grips With Cyber


Professional Development Courses

AFCEA’s Professional Development Center (PDC) offers cyber courses, including cyber security defense, social media management and security, SANS NetWars, and CompTIA Security +. Courses are available online and on-site in Fairfax, VA; courses may also be able to travel to your location.

Cyber Scholarships

The AFCEA Educational Foundation offers cyber security scholarships of $5,000 and cyber security certification scholarships of $1,000. Details and applications available at


AFCEA Cyber Committee White Papers

AFCEA’s Cyber Committee has published white papers addressing cyber security matters:

Cyber Conflict Case Studies Essay Contest

AFCEA International partners with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) and the Atlantic Council for a competition for case studies in the history of cyber conflict.

Cybersecurity Directory

The AFCEA Online Directories, including the cybersecurity directory, are comprehensive profiles of leading information technology organizations worldwide. Listings include contact, business focus, products and/or client information.



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