Cyber Blog

Cheap Cyber Weapons Threaten Unintended Consequences

November 26, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A new report developed under a joint program between the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Homeland Security Department develops a draft framework for organizations to assess the threat of unintended consequences in the cyber realm. Credit: issaro prakalung/Shutterstock

“What I want [organizations] to think about is that they are always potentially on the front lines of a global cyber war.”

Look Upward and Inward for the Crux of the Next Battle

November 21, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel of -6s from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command organizations discuss the importance of the space and cyber domains. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Space and cyber may determine who prevails in the next conflict.

In Cooperation on Cyber, the Children Must Lead

November 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Cyber experts from government, industry and academia explore cybersecurity solutions during a Women in AFCEA panel. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Government, industry and academia must push for early education in cybersecurity.

Physical Security and Cybersecurity Need to Converge

November 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Robert Bauman of Trusted Systems warns of a physical security gap that empowers the insider threat.

An over-reliance on physical information security, coupled with increased emphasis on data protection, left open the door to the insider threat.

The 16th Air Force Targets Capability Integration

November 20, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) provides information warfare capabilities to all of the U.S. Air Force’s air components and several U.S. Combatant Commands, as well as cyber representation to the U.S. Cyber Command, explains Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, commander, 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) at the AFCEA Alamo Chapter’s ACE event.

Leader outlines the priorities for the U.S. Air Force’s new Numbered Air Force.

It's On With China

November 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Phil Davidson, USN, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, speaks at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

China is aggressively pursuing a global dominance strategy beginning with the Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is working to counter China's aggression.

Taking Action on Military Internet of Things Devices

November 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Cyber experts (l-r) Ray Letteer, Will Bush, Jean-Paul Bergeaux and Lisa Lee, discuss the risks of Internet of Things devices during AFCEA Quantico-Potomac’s Annual Cyber Security Panel event on October 31 at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Military leaders need to address the risks of IoT equipment with a comprehensive strategy, experts warn.

DISA Begins Implementing Fourth Estate Initiative

October 30, 2019
By George I. Seffers
DISA is beginning to implement plans to build a common network infrastructure for 14 defense agencies known as the “fourth estate.” The effort could save hundreds of millions of dollars over the long term. Credit: ktsdesign/Shutterstock

DISA's Fourth Estate Network Optimization (4ENO) Initiative moves to the initial implementation phase and could save hundreds of millions of dollars over the lifetime of the program.

DISA Prototypes Eliminate Cyber Threats Daily

October 30, 2019
By George I. Seffers
DISA’s Cloud Based Internet Isolation prototyping initiative eliminates potential threats from unclassified networks by showing Internet browsers a movie-like representation of the the websites they view. The agency plans to select one of two prototypes in the spring. Credit: Alexander Supertramp/Shutterstock

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Cloud Based Internet Isolation prototyping effort is already eliminating cyber threats every day.

 

Information Technology the New Sextant for the U.S. Navy

October 9, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Navy lieutenant stands watch in the command control center aboard an amphibious transport dock ship as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit team. The Navy and the Marine Corps are undertaking a rebuild of their information technology capabilities in the face of increased global threats.

The U.S. Navy is striving for revolutionary information technology capabilities as it confronts new threats.

NSA Creates Cybersecurity Directorate

October 2, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The NSA's new Cybersecurity Directorate will initially focus on securing weapon systems and the defense industrial base. Credit: Shutterstock/honglouwawa

The organization will help secure weapon systems and the defense industry.

Air Force Creates 16th Air Force

September 19, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Once approved for his new role as commander of the Air Force's new information warfare Numbered Air Force, Maj. Gen. Haugh will be the Air Force’s representative to the U.S. Cyber Command, among other roles.  Photo Credit: U.S.  Air Force

In the next month or so, the U.S. Air Force will be standing up its latest Numbered Air Force, the 16th Air Force, leaders report.

Lessons Learned Fuel U.S. Intelligence in Cyberspace

September 5, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A phalanx of U.S. intelligence chiefs review the community's progress to close out the Intelligence & National Security Summit. Pictured are (l-r) panel moderator David Ignatius, associate editor and columnist, The Washington Post; Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, USA, commander, CYBERCOM and NSA; Christopher Scolese, director, NRO; Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, USA, director, DIA; Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, USN, director, NGA; and Paul Abbate, associate deputy director, FBI. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

The U.S. intelligence community has made great progress against adversaries' new tactics and capabilities, but challenges still loom.

The United States Is Taking Action Against Cyber Foes

September 5, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Describing U.S. actions against cyber attacks at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit are (l-r) panel moderator David Sanger, The New York Times; Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command; Rick Howard, chief security officer, Palo Alto Networks; Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity, DHS; and Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director for cyber, FBI. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

The United States is waging active cyber operations against nations that conduct information operations against it.

Army Enters Cyber and Electronic Warfare Renaissance

August 23, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Multi-Function Electronic Warfare-Air Large program will integrate an offensive electronic warfare pod onto an MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. It, along with two other programs, offers the Army an opportunity for interoperability. Credit: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is enjoying a renaissance period for cyber and EW technologies and has a chance to lay a foundation of interoperability in cyber systems.

Cybersecuring the Future Soldier

August 23, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Sgt. Gabrielle Hurd, 237th Military Police Company, New Hampshire Army National Guard, shows her team the route they will take before embarking on an overnight hike to the summit of Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire, during an Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular Soldier Touchpoint in July. PEO-Soldier incorporates soldier feedback into the ENVG-B product and many others which helps the Army integrate the current needs of soldiers with the Army’s future, multidomain battlefield. Photo by Patrick Ferraris

When soldiers become an integrated system, cybersecurity is key.

Army Cyber Center of Excellence May Change Name

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey, USA, commander, of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter
The change—if it happens—would follow the lead of the Army Cyber Command.

New Networks Embolden Adversaries, Add to Cyber Challenges

August 21, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
The AFCEA Women’s program convened a panel of cyber experts that included (r-l) moderator Col. Laurie Moe Buckhout, USA (Ret.), Corvus Group LLC; Gisele Bennett, Florida Institute of Technology;  DeEtte Gray, CACI International Inc.; Nancy Kreidler, director, cybersecurity and information, assurance, Army CIO/G-6; and Annette Redmond, acting deputy assistant secretary for intelligence policy and coordination, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Validating data and information is critical for technical security, but success will also depend on better education and culture change.

Make Room for Unconventional Cyber Warriors

August 20, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Air Commodore Elanor Boekholt-O’Sullivan, Royal Netherlands Air Force, speaks about the cyber work force during a panel at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

International officials recommend introverts, students on the autism spectrum and middle-aged career changers for the cyber workforce.

An Imperative for Action Brings On Cyber Advantages

August 20, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, sketches a graphic to detail his talk during AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Bureaucracy must step aside to enable information warfare operational success.

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