Cyber Blog

Plan Now to Secure 5G, Says Government Expert

April 9, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
A communications tower for military 5G rises above a forest. Several challenges loom as the U.S. Defense Department strives to implement 5G into the force. Credit: M.Moira/Shutterstock

Significant challenges lie ahead if 5G is to be harnessed successfully for defense operations.

CMMC Industry Advisory Council Announced

April 6, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
A newly formed industry advisory council will allow small and large businesses to provide feedback on the CMMC. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

The industry advisory council will provide feedback, input and recommendations for implementing the CMMC.

U.S. Cyber Command Saw 'Unique' Challenges in 2020

March 25, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Adversaries are no longer merely launching attacks from their part of the world, says Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, commander, U.S. Cyber Command, testifying before Congress on March 25. “They can come in the United States and use our infrastructure, and there is a blind spot for us not being able to see them,” he warns.

The command’s leader reports no compromise of DOD information networks from SolarWinds breach.

Adversaries Show the Way for CMMC

March 22, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Advanced hacks such as the recent Solar Winds event are pushing the limits of CMMC standards. Credit: ozrimoz/Shutterstock

Hackers and other malevolent cyber denizens are helping outline the path to Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Air Force Aims for Enterprise Information System

March 10, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, USAF, looks on in a demonstration of how to fix code in minutes as part of the Air Force's Kessel Run. The Air Force is building an information enterprise that will enable both users and shapers of data systems to access needed information from a single source. Credit: U.S Air Force

The most important cloud for the Air Force will be the one that hosts vital information for all airmen and guardians.

Innovation Guides NSA-Hawaii

March 3, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
A double rainbow looms over the NSA/CSS Center in Oahu, Hawaii. The building is named after Capt. Joseph T. Rochefort, USN, whose team provided the key intelligence that helped win the 1942 Battle of Midway. The agency is looking to industry and academia for innovations vital to its changing mission. Credit: NSA/CSS

The NSA/CSS in Hawaii is increasing its work with industry and academia to carry out its mission against a growing threat in the Indo-Pacific region.

Addressing the Cybersecurity Workforce Gaps

March 3, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Leaders discuss cyber workforce disparities during the AFCEATechNet Indo-Pacific conference on March 3.

Leaders offer ways to improve cyber training and workforce disparities.


China Posing Power Challenge

March 1, 2021
By Maryann Lawlor
China’s consolidated control its political mechanisms enables a unity of effort difficult to achieve in democracies. Credit: Shutterstock/Poring Studio

As China has modernized and gained strength, it appears to have sought mechanisms by which it can shape the international system and tools that afford it unique influence and privileges equal to—and perhaps surpassing—those of the United States.

DISA’s New Director Is Promoted to Lieutenant General

February 25, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. John Hyten, USAF (l), promotes Robert Skinner, USAF (r), to lieutenant general in advanced of Skinner’s move to lead the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander, Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks.

Robert Skinner prepares to return to Ft. Meade.

Army Extending Cyber Capabilities

February 17, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Army soldiers support the U.S. Cyber Command. Army cyber activities are ramping up to reach across the Defense Department with improved capabilities. Credit: Steven Stover, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade

Army cyber efforts are reaching across the entire defense spectrum.

Closing All DOD’s Cyber Doors with Zero Trust

February 16, 2021
By Alex Chapin
Securing all of the entryways into U.S. Defense Department networks with zero trust is a multistep process, says Alex Chapin, vice president, McAfee Federal. Credit: mkfilm/Shutterstock

Access control will always be critical, but it is just the first important step of the zero trust journey.

Defense Leadership Warns of CMMC Deceit

February 11, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Stacy Bostjanick (r), director of CMMC, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (A&S), warns of CMMC certification companies that are not themselves certified in a discussion at AFCEA NOVA Intelligence Community IT Day.

Companies seeking CMMC certification help must beware of firms that are not yet certified.

CISA Conducts Exercise with MLB’s Cactus League

January 27, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
As part of its cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection role, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, recently conducted a virtual exercise with Major League Baseball's Cactus League. Credit: Shutterstock/Debby Wong

Effort aims to boost security during Major League Baseball’s spring training.

Cyber Defense Starts Locally

January 22, 2021
By Maryann Lawlor
While many cybersecurity recommendations have focused on the activities of the federal government, AFCEA Cyber Committee members recognize the role of state and local authorities in information security. Credit: Shutterstock/ESB Professional

In the second of its Strengthening the Nation’s Cybersecurity Strategy white paper series, AFCEA’s Cyber Committee shares recommendations about improving state and local cybersecurity.

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.