Cyber Blog

Internet Power and Control May Fall Simply Into China’s Lap

July 8, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/metamorworks

The growth of the Internet itself may provide China with all the country needs to control it.

China's Long March to Telecommunications Primacy Picks up the Pace

July 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/AlexLMX

Chinese telecommunications technology is not being welcomed with open arms around the world, but alternatives are few.

Army Commands Transfer DODIN Cyber Defense Duties

July 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The NETCOM Network Enterprise Center provided extended information technology support to many of the units deploying in support of Joint Task Force-Civil Support during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Army Cyber Command has now delegated to NETCOM some its authorities for protecting Army portions of the Department of Defense Information Network. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Chafelmer Kroll

NETCOM is now in charge of the Army’s worldwide regional cyber centers, and Army Cyber Command can increase its focus on electronic warfare and information operations.

Technology Innovation Defines China’s Internet Grab

June 24, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Aleksandar Malivuk

China is offering the world a host of new telecommunications advances that would benefit Chinese companies and the country's leadership.

China's Proposed Internet Wrests Control From Users

June 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/AlexLMX

China's efforts to change Internet technology could deny user's some of the strongest points of the global networking system.

Gen. Lyman Moves to Cyber Operations

June 17, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Brig. Gen. Robert Lyman (USAF), director, Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems Directorate, TCJ6, pictured center, speaks to Col. Mark Bradley, USAF, the TCJ6 deputy director at the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) on June 9. In July, Gen. Lyman will be joining the Pentagon as the Air Force’s assistant deputy chief of staff for Cyber Effects Operations, AF A2/A6. Photo by Michelle Gigante, USTRANSCOM/PA

The U.S. Transportation Command director will take his cyberspace expertise to the Pentagon.

Characteristics of a Cyber Marauder

May 28, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Characteristics of cyber actors give clues as to who poses a credible threat, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/BABAROGA

Traits of digital bad actors reveal clues as to their operations.

Small Businesses Need Big Cybersecurity

May 27, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Cybersecurity experts emphasize it’s important for businesses, no matter their size, to have a plan to protect their data and systems as well as recover from an inevitable cyber attack. Credit: Den Rise/Shutterstock

Cybersecurity experts address these topics in an AFCEA International “Small Business Cybersecurity” white paper that includes best practices, recommendations and information resources.

Military Will Host Virtual Hack-A-Sat Event

May 19, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/Pogorelova Olga

The Space Force announced that Space Security Challenge 2020: Hack-A-Sat would proceed as planned, but in a virtual format.

DISA Delivers Cyber Data During Pandemic

May 20, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Network data gains value for the Defense Department amidst an increase in attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: solarseven/Shutterstock

Cyber attacks on the Defense Department networks are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, spurring greater demand for network situational awareness data.

Ensuring Cybersecurity and Communications During COVID-19

May 4, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the 1rst Fighter Wing line up before takeoff to conduct an adversary training sortie at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia on April 10. The Air Combat Command, which is responsible for the service's cyber mission, is examining the Air Force's cyber stance closely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas De La Pena

The Air Force’s A-6 considers how to heighten cybersecurity in a work from home culture.

A Methodical Approach Works Best for Implementing CMMC

April 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists participate in a remote panel discussion hosted by AFCEA’s Virtual CMMC Symposium.

The CMMC should not be viewed by companies as a daunting endeavor, experts offer.

CMMC Measures Should Be Applied Early, Says Pentagon Official

April 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman

Aspects of the multitiered CMMC security system, currently under development, could—and should—be adopted by companies even before the measures are formalized.

16th Air Force Adjusts to Operating During COVID-19

April 22, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, reports that the 16th Air Force reached full operational capability on April 21, during a virtual AFCEA Alamo luncheon event the same day. The general also spoke at the chapter’s ACE event in November.

Commander outlines the near-term priorities for the U.S. Air Force’s Information Warfare lead.

From Computer Zero to Cyber Hero

April 22, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Richard Chitamitre's Navy propsects were looking bleak until he got an opportunity to train for a cybersecurity career. Credit: Julia Kopacheva/Shutterstock

Worried he would be kicked out of the Navy, Richard "Chit" Chitamitre chose to cross train for a cyber career.

United States Warns of Increasing Cyber Threat from North Korea

April 15, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
North Korea's sponsored malicious cyber operations are an attempt to raise funds for weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, the U.S. government warns. Credit: Shutterstock/hotsum

North Korea's malicious cyber operations are targeting the financial industry more and more.

Kaspersky Labs Confrontation Sets Template

March 25, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock

Measures from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Justice Department set tone for cybersecurity supply chain trust.

Bipartisan Commission Sounds Alarm on Cyber Insecurity

March 11, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released a report warning of cyberspace insecurity in the United States and offering more than 75 recommendations. Credit: Inna Bigun/Shutterstock

A report from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission issues a call to action on the nation’s lack of security in cyberspace.

RAVEN Takes Flight

March 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces, speaks at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The Navy is building off of the initial success of its key readiness data environment.

Army Expands Mission of Cyber Directorate

February 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
U.S Army soldiers assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, bound toward an objective during a rehearsal for a 2018 combined live-fire exercise near Alexandria, Egypt. Brigade Combat Teams may not be the top priority for future budgets as wars are fought over longer distances. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larime

The Department of the Army Management Office-Cyber is now the DAMO-Strategic Operations and encompasses electronic warfare, signals intelligence, mission command, fires and space for joint all-domain operations.