Cyber Blog

From Computer Zero to Cyber Hero

April 22, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Richard Chitamitre's Navy propsects were looking bleak until he got an opportunity to train for a cybersecurity career. Credit: Julia Kopacheva/Shutterstock

Worried he would be kicked out of the Navy, Richard "Chit" Chitamitre chose to cross train for a cyber career.

United States Warns of Increasing Cyber Threat from North Korea

April 15, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
North Korea's sponsored malicious cyber operations are an attempt to raise funds for weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, the U.S. government warns. Credit: Shutterstock/hotsum

North Korea's malicious cyber operations are targeting the financial industry more and more.

Kaspersky Labs Confrontation Sets Template

March 25, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock

Measures from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Justice Department set tone for cybersecurity supply chain trust.

Bipartisan Commission Sounds Alarm on Cyber Insecurity

March 11, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released a report warning of cyberspace insecurity in the United States and offering more than 75 recommendations. Credit: Inna Bigun/Shutterstock

A report from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission issues a call to action on the nation’s lack of security in cyberspace.

RAVEN Takes Flight

March 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces, speaks at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The Navy is building off of the initial success of its key readiness data environment.

Army Expands Mission of Cyber Directorate

February 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
U.S Army soldiers assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, bound toward an objective during a rehearsal for a 2018 combined live-fire exercise near Alexandria, Egypt. Brigade Combat Teams may not be the top priority for future budgets as wars are fought over longer distances. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larime

The Department of the Army Management Office-Cyber is now the DAMO-Strategic Operations and encompasses electronic warfare, signals intelligence, mission command, fires and space for joint all-domain operations.

DOD Budget Invests in Cyber, Interoperability

February 10, 2020
The U.S. Defense Department has released a $705 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request that includes funding for cybersecurity, hypersonic weaponry, artificial intelligence and multidomain warfare. Credit: Defense Department photo

Department officials request $705 billion for fiscal year 2021.

Growing Future Cyber Warriors

February 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Hands-on events, such as the Capture the Flag competitions at recent AFCEA chapter conferences, are helping to build the next generation of cybersecurity protectors. Credit: Shutterstock

Students improve cybersecurity capabilities through Capture the Flag events.

An Industry Perspective on Closing the Cyber Workforce Gap

January 27, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Ryan Bagby, senior program manager, Cybersecurity Special Missions, Raytheon Intelligence, Information & Services, takes part in an industry panel during AFCEA CERTS 2020.

Unfortunately, this is not a problem that is getting smaller, says Ryan Bagby, senior program manager, Cybersecurity Special Missions, Raytheon Intelligence, Information & Services.

Moving the Flock Into Cybersecurity

March 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force’s Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems is helping to solve the service’s cybersecurity issues by securing weapons systems, improving training and adding cyber resiliency components into programs. Credit: Shutterstock/Den Rise

Air Force CROWS organization injects cyber resiliency into the service’s acquisition processes, training and weapons systems.

Reshaping the Conversation

January 16, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Photo Credit: FGC/Shutterstock

Essye Miller, principal deputy, Department of Defense chief information officer, wants to reshape the cyber workforce conversation.

Keys to Building A World-Class Cybersecurity Workforce

January 16, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Photo Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

Keys to building a world-class cybersecurity workforce include altering the pipeline and changing the perception of it, as well as showing people cybersecurity can be fun.

'We Cannot Have A Failure to Imagine'

January 15, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Photo Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, stressed the importance of people during his keynote at the third annual Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium.

AI Is the Key to Cyber Operations, but With a Caveat

January 14, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Diverse entities must coordinate efforts to maximize effects.

Information Warfare Convergence Requires Services’ Coordination

January 9, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Maj. Gen. Dennis A. Crall, USMC, deputy principal cyber advisor and senior military advisor for cyber policy, describes the Defense Department's cyber organizational activities at an AFCEA NOVA Chapter luncheon on January 9.

The Defense Department has a strategy for cyber forces. Now it must coordinate it among the different services.

Network Resilience vs. Cyber Resilience

January 6, 2020
By Wayne Lloyd
Network resilience and cyber resilience are similar but different, says Wayne Lloyd, RedSeal chief technology officer. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

Our attack surface and complexity are only expanding as commercial, government and Defense Department networks modernize and move to the cloud and software-defined networks.

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.