Cyber Blog

Cyber Workforce Needs Continuous Education

May 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Cyber discuss the cyber workforce and the need for continuous education. Phoot by Michael Carpenter

A cyber career requires curiosity and an ability to adapt.

Executive Order Seeks to Block Risky Technology

May 16, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
President Trump takes action to block risky technology coming into the United States through the IT supply chain. Credit: Shutterstock/Travel mania

The directive bans information and communications technology that poses a threat to U.S. national security.

DISA Aims to Influence Industry Innovation

May 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Vice Adm.Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA, and commander, JFHQ-DODIN, addresses the TechNet Cyber conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

DISA supports future warfighters by influencing innovation now.

Let's Talk About Data

May 14, 2019
By George I. Seffers
From l-r, Francis Rose of Government Matters moderates a fireside chat with Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, director of the NSA and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, and Dana Deasy, Defense Department CIO, at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Data management needs to be part of military planning.

DISA Faces Personnel Shortage

May 14, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Anthony “Tony” Montemarano, DISA executive deputy director, speaks about workforce challenges at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Officials seek talent across an array of mission areas, including cyber.

New Commission Takes on U.S. Cyber Policy

May 14, 2019
Kimberly Underwood
Lawmakers have created a new organization, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, to tackle a national cybersecurity policy.

A group of legislators lead development of a national cyber doctrine.

Defense Department Cyber Requires Speed, Precision and Agility

May 1, 2019
By Jeffrey R. Jones
The Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) works closely with Defense Department components and partners on cyber requirements and security.

The JFHQ-DODIN maintains a broad-based security approach to defending defense cyber assets.

Singapore Is Aggressively Pursuing Cybersecurity

April 25, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
David Koh, a Singapore ministry official, confirms that cybersecurity is a top priority for his nation. Koh was a keynote speaker at the recent 8th Annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement hosted by the Atlantic Council, Dentons, Bank Polski and Texas A&M. Credit: Atlantic Council/Image Link

The tiny Asian country has fully embraced cybersecurity to protect its vital maritime, banking and aviation sectors, as well as its citizens.

Government Actions Key to Building a Cyber Workforce

April 18, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock

The federal government can spur cyber education and entry into the workforce with a variety of incentives during and after schooling.

A New Perspective Aids Cyber Inspections Amid Mission Risk

April 8, 2019
By John K. Porter III
Members of the JFHQ-DODIN Operations Center (JDOC) support and enable proactive defensive actions on a 24/7 basis, sharing timely and relevant operational information and intelligence with Defense Department components and partners.

The Defense Department is employing a new design for its Next Generation (NEXTGEN) cybersecurity inspection that links the inspection to an organization’s operational mission.

Experts Explore Mystery of Security Metrics

April 1, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
System and information security can be measured in a number of ways, including how it affects the bottom line. Credit: Shutterstock

Organizations want secure systems are but aren't sure how to measure their security system.

Kinetic Weapons Remain a Priority as Cyber War Rages

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Leaders for all three maritime services—the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard—participate in a town hall forum at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Cyber war may be raging, but the maritime services balance cyber and kinetic priorities.

U.S. in Counter-Attack Mode in Cyber Domain

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A West 2019 panel discusses combat operations in the cyber realm. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The United States is fully engaged in combat operations in the cyber realm, according to a panel of military officials at the AFCEA-USNI West conference.

Playing 'Small Ball' in the Indo-Pacific

February 13, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Thomas Modly, undersecretary of the Navy, discusses Chinese mercantalism while speaking at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Chinese mercantilism poses a challenge for U.S. partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

A Banner Year for Cyber Implementation

February 13, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, deputy principal cyber advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, speaks at the National Security Technology Forum and Exposition in San Diego. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Defense Department is poised to implement its cybersecurity strategy focusing on near-term priorities such as endpoint management, network visibility, user authentication and cyber force development.

DISA Targets Emerging Technologies

January 17, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
DISA Director Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, USN, presents Steve Wallace with his promotion certificate as he takes over the agency’s newly created Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate.

DISA has reorganized its technology innovation efforts into a single organization known as the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate.

Filling the Growing Cyber Workforce Gap

January 16, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
Rob Joyce, senior cyber advisor to the director, NSA, talks about the cyber workforce shortage at CERTS.

Rob Joyce, senior cyber advisor to the director, NSA, tells attendees at CERTS that there needs to be systemic changes to fill the cyber talent gap.

McAfee Releases Predictions for 2019 Cybersecurity Landscape

November 29, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: Rawpixel.com

The digital criminal underground is becoming stronger as hackers start to collaborate.

Cyber Is at the Heart of Indo-Pacific Command Strategy

November 16, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
 Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh III, USA, J-6, Indo-Pacific Command, leads a panel discussion on combined cyber operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Across the vast Indo-Pacific region, all roads lead to cyber, according to a panel of U.S. and foreign military and civilian experts.

Diverse Communications, Networks Vital for Pacific Information Security

November 16, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Speakers at a TechNet Asia-Pacific 2018 panel on achieving cyber resilience in the Indo-Pacific region are (l-r) Jodi Ito, ISO, University of Hawaii; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA and commander, JFHQ DODIN; Jeff Watkins, Commercial Solutions for Classified, NSA; and John Zangardi, CIO, DHS. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Technologies need to be less centralized and people need to be more informed if the Indo-Pacific region is to improve its cybersecurity, according to a panel of experts.

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