Cyber Blog

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.

U.S. in Counter-Attack Mode in Cyber Domain

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A West 2019 panel discusses combat operations in the cyber realm. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The United States is fully engaged in combat operations in the cyber realm, according to a panel of military officials at the AFCEA-USNI West conference.

Playing 'Small Ball' in the Indo-Pacific

February 13, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Thomas Modly, undersecretary of the Navy, discusses Chinese mercantalism while speaking at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Chinese mercantilism poses a challenge for U.S. partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

A Banner Year for Cyber Implementation

February 13, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, deputy principal cyber advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, speaks at the National Security Technology Forum and Exposition in San Diego. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Defense Department is poised to implement its cybersecurity strategy focusing on near-term priorities such as endpoint management, network visibility, user authentication and cyber force development.

DISA Targets Emerging Technologies

January 17, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
DISA Director Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, USN, presents Steve Wallace with his promotion certificate as he takes over the agency’s newly created Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate.

DISA has reorganized its technology innovation efforts into a single organization known as the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate.

Filling the Growing Cyber Workforce Gap

January 16, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
Rob Joyce, senior cyber advisor to the director, NSA, talks about the cyber workforce shortage at CERTS.

Rob Joyce, senior cyber advisor to the director, NSA, tells attendees at CERTS that there needs to be systemic changes to fill the cyber talent gap.

McAfee Releases Predictions for 2019 Cybersecurity Landscape

November 29, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson

The digital criminal underground is becoming stronger as hackers start to collaborate.

Cyber Is at the Heart of Indo-Pacific Command Strategy

November 16, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
 Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh III, USA, J-6, Indo-Pacific Command, leads a panel discussion on combined cyber operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Across the vast Indo-Pacific region, all roads lead to cyber, according to a panel of U.S. and foreign military and civilian experts.

Diverse Communications, Networks Vital for Pacific Information Security

November 16, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Speakers at a TechNet Asia-Pacific 2018 panel on achieving cyber resilience in the Indo-Pacific region are (l-r) Jodi Ito, ISO, University of Hawaii; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA and commander, JFHQ DODIN; Jeff Watkins, Commercial Solutions for Classified, NSA; and John Zangardi, CIO, DHS. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Technologies need to be less centralized and people need to be more informed if the Indo-Pacific region is to improve its cybersecurity, according to a panel of experts.

Technology Underpins Indo-Pacific Command Intelligence

November 15, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Australian Army Brig. Colin Karotam, assigned to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, leads a panel exploring how technology will help meet the challenges of the vast region. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Being able to conduct successful operations in the Indo-Pacific region will require top-notch intelligence, and information technologies hold the key to achieving that goal.

Many Shortcomings Plague Cybersecurity

November 14, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA, and commander, JFHQ-DODIN, describes cybersecurity challenges at a TechNet Asia-Pacific panel.

The U.S. needs to take a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity to ameliorate problems affecting every sector of government and society.

Cyber Assumes New Role in U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

November 14, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Philip S. Davidson, USN, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, describes the command's new cyber challenges and policy at TechNet Asia Pacific 2018 in Honolulu.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is seeking the capabilities and enabling technologies to conduct “full-spectrum cyber operations” in its vast region of responsibility.

DOD Poised to Help DHS Secure Elections

October 20, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Credit: daniel_diaz_bardillo/Pixabay

Under a new memorandum of understanding with DHS, the U.S. Defense Department will step up efforts to share information for critical infrastructure protection.

The Plausibility of Forecasting Cyber Attacks

October 30, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Experts at MILCOM consider the possibility of forecasting cyber attacks. Credit: Katie Helwig

Experts examine if and how cyber attacks can be predicted.

GAO: U.S. Weapon Systems Easily Hacked

October 9, 2018
By George I. Seffers
With stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35 can collect, analyze and share data. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report—which did not specify any particular weapon system—says a number of cybersecurity tests prove U.S. military weapon systems to be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Photo: Lockheed Martin

One cybersecurity test team reported that it caused a pop-up message to appear on terminals, instructing users to insert two quarters to continue operating.