Cyber Blog

U.S. Civil Unrest May Move into Cyber Realm

January 13, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Cybersecurity experts warn of possible growing cyber risks from domestic unrest. Credit: Shutterstock/Sergey Nivens

Cybersecurity experts warn that the destructive fervor could shift into the digital environment.

Defense Digital Service and HackerOne Initiate Third ‘Hack the Army’ Bug Bounty Challenge

January 6, 2021
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/Aleksandar Malivuk

The Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne announced the launch of DDS’s eleventh bug bounty program with HackerOne.

Sponsored: Consumer Apps and the Rise of Weaponized Data

December 23, 2020
By Harvey Boulter
Shutterstock/Thitichaya Yajampa

Experts have issued fresh warnings to U.S. citizens over the enormous amount of sensitive, personal information being captured and weaponized by the country’s adversaries.

Government Agencies’ Cyber Breach Expected

December 30, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
When the GAO performs cybersecurity-related audits and reports its findings, it provides key recommendations to agencies to improve their networks and information technology from risks. Illustration by Chris D’Elia based on images from GAO Reports and lurri Motov/Shutterstock

The GAO investigates possible weaknesses or cybersecurity gaps and makes key recommendations to rectify problems. In some ways, it saw the latest cyber breach coming.

EU Releases New Cyber Strategy for Digital Decade

December 17, 2020
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The European Union's new Cybersecurity Strategy aims to safeguard a global and open Internet, while at the same time offering safeguards, according to a published announcement. Credit: mixmagic/Shutterstock

The new strategy could allow the EU to step up leadership on international norms and standards in cyberspace, and to strengthen cooperation with partners around the world.

Troubling Cyber Attack Necessitates Enhanced Federal Coordination

December 17, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The extent of the global cyber attack by purported Russian threat actors has the U.S. government forming a new group to provide a coordinated response. Credit: Shutterstock/Alexander Limbach

Government departments form response group to battle “significant and ongoing” cybersecurity attack.

DISA Exploring Quantum-Resistant Cryptography

December 4, 2020
By George I. Seffers
With U.S. adversaries expected to be using quantum computing technologies in the next several years, officials at the Defense Information Systems Agency are exploring quantum-resistant technologies.Credit: metamorworks/Shutterstock

DISA officials believe foreign adversaries could own quantum computers within seven years and are exploring quantum-resistant technologies to protect DOD networks.

Know Your Knowledge

December 3, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Prandtl-M prototype is air launched by a Carbon Cub aircraft in a NASA test to simulate the flight conditions of the Martian atmosphere. The conventional aircraft in the Earth’s atmosphere is used to test a prototype interplanetary probe to glean knowledge that would be applied millions of miles distant. Credit: NASA imagery

Establishing a knowledge management strategy and organization is vital both for effective operation and for innovation.

Diversity-Bred Innovation Offers Pandemic Cybersecurity

December 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: metamorworks/Shutterstock

Sometimes, it takes a village of diverse thinkers to secure cyberspace.

DODIN Takes a Holistic Approach to Its Defense

December 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh III, USA, is the deputy commander, JFHQ-DODIN.

The Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) defends itself against new adversarial challenges on a daily basis.

Defense Experts Plan More Agile Spectrum Use

December 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Marines conduct a routine check up on an AN/TPS-59 radar. New agile spectrum efforts by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) aim to allow more efficient spectrum use on the battlefield while sharing spectrum with civilian bandwidth users. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. John Hall, USMC

Agile spectrum is the catchphrase for using bandwidth efficiently enough to share with civilian applications. DISA is striving toward that with three efforts.

Public Safety Communications Enterprise Takes Shape

December 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Golden Sikorka

A broad effort seeks to link military and public emergency service networks with an automated approach.

Doing Things Differently at DISA

December 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, USN, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander, Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network, reports that the interagency and international partnerships DISA has forged have strengthened the protection of critical assets around the world. Adm. Norton was the opening keynote speaker December 1 at AFCEA TechNet Cyber Conference, being held virtually through December 3.

The combat support agency seeks to drive innovation as it focuses on cybersecurity, infrastructure modernization and enterprise communications.

Air Force Proceeds with Spectrum Warfare Wing

November 18, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Combat Command conducted successful cyber red team and penetration testing of its emerging cloud-enabled zero trust architecture, reports Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman, USAF, speaking virtually on November 17 during the AFCEA Alamo Chapter's annual ACE conference.

The service’s first pursuit of such a wing is an answer to adversarial threats across the spectrum.

Digital Identity and Privacy Challenges

November 17, 2020
By Gregory Touhill and Arthur Friedman
Online privacy poses concerns for U.S. national security, businesses and private citizens. Credit: mtkang/Shutterstock

Protecting our personal data from misuse by corporations for financial gain or by governments—both foreign and domestic—is one of the major challenges that we all face. 

Experts Offer Cyber Strategy Tips

November 13, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
The United States is preparing to enter a period when its infrastructure goes beyond being connected to or depending on cyberspace but instead will reside in cyberspace. Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

Ideas for structure and policy improvements will boost data and network protection, say members of AFCEA International’s Cyber Committee in a white paper.

Vice Adm. Norton Transforms Big Ideas to Innovation Gems

November 9, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Leaders help their teams turn big ideas into diamonds, says Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, DISA director and commander, JFHQ-DODIN. Credit: CoreDESIGN/Shutterstock

The outgoing DISA director reflects on leadership and fostering an environment for innovation.

Election Day Cybersecurity Holds

November 4, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Cybersecurity officials reporter few cyber attack interruptions on Election Day. Credit: Shutterstock/vesperstock

Despite adversarial threats, voting day goes off mostly without issues, cybersecurity officials say.

Army Unveils Four Pillars for Restructured G-6 Office

October 27, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Staff Sgt. Keila Peters, USA, an embedded noncommissioned officer within the Army C5ISR Center, conducts testing on equipment for the command post survivability effort during Network Modernization Experiment 20 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, July 27, 2020. The Army's new deputy chief of staff for G6 has laid out three pillars for his restructured office that include cyber, signal, electronic warfare and networking priorities. Credit: U.S. Army C5ISR Center photo/Jasmyne Douglas

The new office reaches initial operating capability.

Digital Era Leads to End of Binary Societies

October 26, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/greenbutterfly with elements from NASA

One of the greatest ironies of digitization is that it is leading to the end of the binary era in society.