Cyber Blog

Educators Call for Cyber Pros To Teach Part Time

May 11, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Cyber educators highly encourage those who have previously worked or are currently working in cybersecurity to teach part time. Shutterstock/4LUCK

A panel of cyber educators encourage subject matter experts in the military and industry to teach cybersecurity part time.

Army Initiates Cyber-Focused Junior ROTC Programs

May 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Paul Craft, USA, commandant, U.S. Army Cyber School, speaks on a panel at CERTS 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

U.S. Army focuses on effort to interest students in a career in the Cyber Branch through school programs and direct commissions in the cyber realm.

U.S. Cyber Command Enlists Students for Solving Problems

May 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
David Frederick Jr., executive director at U.S. Cyber Command, addresses the audience at CERTS 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

A new network provides outreach to students and faculty.

White House Plans Cyber Workforce Development Summit

May 09, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Joyce Corell, senior technical advisor to the national cyber director, addresses the audience at CERTS 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The President may soon sign a cyber workforce strategy.

Brig. Gen. Stanton Issues Cyber Workforce Challenge

May 9, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton, commander, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, speaks at CERTS 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The skills necessary to enable the cyber workforce to perform missions are much broader than writing a Python script or developing an exploit.

Identity Is the New Battlefield in Cyberspace

May 2, 2022
Identity verification and credentials are key tools in protecting networks and their valuable data from breaches and compromise. Credit: PopTika/Shutterstock

Who you are, or more importantly, who your IT network thinks you are and what it allows you to do, is a crucial part of cybersecurity.

Sponsored: Three Security Must-Haves When Evaluating SaaS Solutions

May 2, 2022
By John Greenstein, General Manager of Public Sector, Bluescape

Federal agencies must equally prioritize “security first” measures to ensure vulnerable legacy systems are protected in today’s digitally dominated climate.

Microsoft Products Most Exploited in 2021, Cyber Agencies Declare

April 28, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The extent of global cyber attacks in 2021 reached a level, complexity and sophistication not seen before, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/supimol kumying

The company’s software provided a way in for cyber marauders worldwide.

U.S. Cyber Command Eyes Enhanced Budgetary Control

April 28, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, USAF, director of operations, U.S. Cyber Command, discusses the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture during a keynote presentation at TechNet Cyber 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

U.S. Cyber Command taking the reins for cyber warfighting via advancing budgetary oversight will help the command fine-tune its operations, leader says.

CISA Works to Sprout Cyber Workforce

April 26, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
With an estimated 400,000 unfilled cyber jobs in the United States, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency started several initiatives to grow the cyber professional workforce, reports David Mussington, executive assistant director for Infrastructure Security at the agency, speaking at AFCEA’s TechNet Cyber 2022 conference.

The agency’s new cyber advisory committee is helping to identify ideas and programs to fill cyber workforce gaps.

The Desperate Need for Interoperability in Zero Trust

April 26, 2022
By Nuray Taylor
Credit: enzozo/Shutterstock

The Defense Information Systems Agency anticipates having a production decision as part of its zero-trust prototype called Thunderdome by year's end. 

Know Thy Spectrum, Experts Say

April 26, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing spectrum challenges at TechNet Cyber 2022 are (l-r) Christopher Argo, Defense Spectrum Organization; Brig. Gen. Darrin Leleux, USAF; Vernita Harris, DISA; David Tremper, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition; and Brian Hermann, DISA.  Photo by Michael Carpenter

The electromagnetic spectrum may prove to be decisive in future conflicts.

DISA Prioritizes Secret Network for Zero Trust

April 26, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Recent lessons learned from the Defense Information Systems Agency's Thunderdome program include the need to move more quickly to implement zero trust on the Defense Department's classified network known as SIPRNet. Credit: ArtemisDiana/Shutterstock

The Defense Information Systems Agency may have to implement its zero-trust solution known as Thunderdome more quickly than expected on its classified networks.

The Army Repositions Itself for the Near-Peer Fight

April 26, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-6 Lt. Gen. John Morrison, USA, shown at the Pentagon, was a keynote speaker at TechNet Cyber 2022.

Advancements and reorganization of cyber, signal and network capabilities are crucial to succeed against future adversaries.

DISA Goes All-In on Data-Centricity

April 14, 2022
By Shaun Waterman
Caroline Kuharske, DISA’s recently appointed acting chief data officer, discusses the five "untapped efficiencies" that DISA must employ for an effective information environment during AFCEA International's April 13 webinar.

DISA plans to leverage performance data to improve user experience.

The Coast Guard Dives Into Cyberspace

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Rear Adm. Peter W. Gautier, USCG, deputy commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, discusses the roles the Coast Guard has taken on in the Indo-Pacific region. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

An increased mission set also has led the Coast Guard deeper into cyberspace.

DISA’s New Chief Data Officer Takes Charge

April 8, 2022
DISA's Chief Data Officer Takes Charge
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s new office to handle data is striving to advance the agency’s and warfighters’ data-driven capabilities, says Acting Chief Data Officer Caroline Kuharske. Credit: DISA photo with Chris D’Elia graphics

The agency aims to reposition its data environment for a complex warfighting future.

Innovation Accelerates Military Readiness

April 7, 2022
Maryann Lawlor
To meet its mission partners’ needs, the Defense Information Systems Agency facilitates access to an abundance of technical capabilities that prepare U.S. Defense Department personnel to face current and future challenges. Credit: U.S. Air Force Graphic Illustration/Quinn Jacobson

DISA offers industry many avenues for collaboration and business opportunities.

Air Force Expanding Information Operations Classes

April 1, 2022
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Air Force’s 39th Information Operations Squadron is expanding its courses to meet increased demand for expertise in the information realm.  Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock

Next year the unit will add courses for psychological operations as well as an information warfare fundamentals and planning course.

Security Demands a User in the Loop

March 31, 2022
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S. Army leaders detail the capabilities of the Joint Task Force-Civil Support common operating picture during a Joint All-Domain Command and Control System demonstration. The system synergizes multiple data feeds through real-time end-user reporting and collaborative planning. Photo Courtesy of the Defense Department

Agency leaders discuss their needs and future business opportunities.