Cyber Blog

DISA Delivers Capabilities to the Warfighting Edge

August 20, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A DISA panel discusses how the agency is delivering capabilities to warfighters at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

DISA continues to add capabilities available to warfighters and to the broader Defense Department community.

Government Experts Tell Congress that FedRAMP Needs Some Work

July 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
After five years in use, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP, offers benefits to federal governmental agencies, as well as some challenges, experts tell Congress. Credit Shutterstock/Blackboard

After five years in use, the federal approval process for cloud services offers benefits, amid some challenges.

U.S. Cyber Command Lists Technical Challenge Areas

July 17, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
U.S. Cyber Command officials recently released a list of tough technical challenges areas, for which solutions may not yet exist. Credit: DR MANAGER/Shutterstock

The U.S. Cyber Command has released a list of 39 challenge problems fitting under 12 categories.

House-Passed NDAA Includes Key Cyber Provisions

July 15, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Democrats, passes its version of the annual defense spending authorization bill, which will have to be ironed out with the Republican-led Senate. Credit: Shutterstock/Turtix

The House of Representatives' bill features supply chain risk measures and DOD cyber protections and operations.

As-A-Service Technology Models Can Help the Military, U.K. Report Claims

July 10, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Advanced digital tools, accessed through as-a-service models, offer benefits to the military, a study from Frost &Sullivan says. Credit: Shutterstock/Titina Ongkantong

Digital platforms give users access to advanced commercial computing tools, which can improve readiness.

Cyber Militia Launches Nonprofit to Share Technology

June 19, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Missouri Cyber Team, a part of the National Guard, developed RockNSM an open source cybersecurity system. Now, they are building a nonprofit organization to help share that system with others. Credit: Missouri National Guard Cyber Team

Creating a nonprofit organization ensures that a cybersecurity solution created by the Missouri National Guard Cyber Team will remain freely available.

Defense Department's DevSecOps Initiative Is on the Move

June 6, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The DevSecOps software platform being deployed by the DOD Enterprise DevSecOps Enterprise Initiative will enable software fixes in minutes and automate testing and security, among other capabilities, says Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer, U.S. Air Force, co-lead of the Initiative.

The military is aggressively rolling out an advanced software development environment.

AI May Pose More Questions Than Answers

May 31, 2109
By Maryann Lawlor
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are still technically in their infancy. Both show promise in the military and government arenas, but experts still have many questions.

Classified Cyber Forum seeks to answer some of the questions AI and machine learning pose to the military and intelligence agencies.

Cyber Workforce Needs Continuous Education

May 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Cyber discuss the cyber workforce and the need for continuous education. Phoot by Michael Carpenter

A cyber career requires curiosity and an ability to adapt.

Executive Order Seeks to Block Risky Technology

May 16, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
President Trump takes action to block risky technology coming into the United States through the IT supply chain. Credit: Shutterstock/Travel mania

The directive bans information and communications technology that poses a threat to U.S. national security.

DISA Aims to Influence Industry Innovation

May 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Vice Adm.Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA, and commander, JFHQ-DODIN, addresses the TechNet Cyber conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

DISA supports future warfighters by influencing innovation now.

Let's Talk About Data

May 14, 2019
By George I. Seffers
From l-r, Francis Rose of Government Matters moderates a fireside chat with Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, director of the NSA and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, and Dana Deasy, Defense Department CIO, at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Data management needs to be part of military planning.

DISA Faces Personnel Shortage

May 14, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Anthony “Tony” Montemarano, DISA executive deputy director, speaks about workforce challenges at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Officials seek talent across an array of mission areas, including cyber.

New Commission Takes on U.S. Cyber Policy

May 14, 2019
Kimberly Underwood
Lawmakers have created a new organization, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, to tackle a national cybersecurity policy.

A group of legislators lead development of a national cyber doctrine.

Defense Department Cyber Requires Speed, Precision and Agility

May 1, 2019
By Jeffrey R. Jones
The Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) works closely with Defense Department components and partners on cyber requirements and security.

The JFHQ-DODIN maintains a broad-based security approach to defending defense cyber assets.

Singapore Is Aggressively Pursuing Cybersecurity

April 25, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
David Koh, a Singapore ministry official, confirms that cybersecurity is a top priority for his nation. Koh was a keynote speaker at the recent 8th Annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement hosted by the Atlantic Council, Dentons, Bank Polski and Texas A&M. Credit: Atlantic Council/Image Link

The tiny Asian country has fully embraced cybersecurity to protect its vital maritime, banking and aviation sectors, as well as its citizens.

Government Actions Key to Building a Cyber Workforce

April 18, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock

The federal government can spur cyber education and entry into the workforce with a variety of incentives during and after schooling.

A New Perspective Aids Cyber Inspections Amid Mission Risk

April 8, 2019
By John K. Porter III
Members of the JFHQ-DODIN Operations Center (JDOC) support and enable proactive defensive actions on a 24/7 basis, sharing timely and relevant operational information and intelligence with Defense Department components and partners.

The Defense Department is employing a new design for its Next Generation (NEXTGEN) cybersecurity inspection that links the inspection to an organization’s operational mission.

Experts Explore Mystery of Security Metrics

April 1, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
System and information security can be measured in a number of ways, including how it affects the bottom line. Credit: Shutterstock

Organizations want secure systems are but aren't sure how to measure their security system.

Kinetic Weapons Remain a Priority as Cyber War Rages

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Leaders for all three maritime services—the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard—participate in a town hall forum at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Cyber war may be raging, but the maritime services balance cyber and kinetic priorities.