Cyber Blog

Defense Department Expands Classified Mobility Program

August 1, 2017
U.S. Air Force students use a tablet for training and education. The Defense Information Systems Agency is supplying tablets to senior leaders under the one-year pilot program.

The pilot acknowledges the need to enable leaders to work with classified data in a mobile environment just as they would in an office. 


University’s Institute for Cybersecurity to Build Cyber Range

July 21, 2017

Officials with the Institute for Cybersecurity at Regent University announced the school is building a state-of-the-art cyber range training facility at its Virginia Beach campus.

U.S. Army Opens Cyber Analytics Lab

July 20, 2017

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory opened the Army Cyber-research Analytics Laboratory.

Rapid Reaction Technology Office Seeks Cyber Solutions

July 13, 2017
In late October, companies will have the opportunity to present cyber solutions to the U.S. Defense Department's Rapid Reaction Technology Office.

The U.S. Defense Department’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) will conduct a solutions meeting in late October.

NATO Releases IoT Draft Report

May 25, 2017
The Internet of Things poses some risks to military forces, a draft report from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly points out. The report will be discussed at the assembly's spring session and will be updated over the summer.

The Parliamentary Assembly will discuss a report urging governments to take a more proactive role in defining the IoT's future at its spring session.

DHS Commercializes Malware Detection Technology

April 28, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security’s S&T Directorate announced the transition of Hyperion, a malware detection technology, to the commercial marketplace.

Innovation Advantages Run Afoul of Reality

April 24, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel discussion examines innovation as a security imperative at NITEC 2017 in Ottawa.

The need for innovation in cybersecurity often is stymied by procurement complications.

Humans Join Systems On The Hunt for Threats

April 21, 2017

Threat hunting allows cyber attacks to be discovered earlier with the goal of stopping them before intruders are able to carry out their attack objectives.

Army Faces Around-the-Clock Cyber Challenges

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army must conduct cyber operations at increasingly lower operational levels while being limited in needed authorities.

Even After Being Hacked, Most Americans Neglect Cyber Best Practices

February 13, 2017
By Ali Cybulski

Although Americans expect major cyber attacks to be a way of life in the near future and lack trust in modern institutions to protect their personal data, they fail to follow cyber best practices, the Pew Research Center reports.

U.S. Army Introduces Cyber Fast Track for Civilians

February 13, 2017
The U.S. Army is rolling out a direct commissioning program for the cyber career field that would allow qualified civilians to bypass prerequisites to become an officer.

The U.S. Army is responding to the high demand for cyber experts with a new program that could let qualified civilians be commissioned directly into the service with a rank up to colonel. The Defense Department also is looking into whether the idea could work for the other services.  


3rd Annual Florida CyberThon Draws More Students Than Ever

February 14, 2017
By Tony Ferguson
Florida-based students participated in the third annual CyberThon challenge in January.

The third annual CyberThon event drew in more students than ever, providing hands-on cybersecurity, defense training to students of many ages who worked to defeat simulated cybersecurity threats to an online banking network. Students from dozens of Florida schools participated in the challenge hosted by AFCEA's Pensacola "Blue Angels" Chapter.

Trump Administration Should Read and Heed Obama Cyber Report

January 31, 2017
By Ray Rothrock
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As the nation deals with intelligence reports of Russian hacks of the U.S. presidential election, some of us in industry are pondering how President Donald Trump will tackle cybersecurity issues. He already has a good road map. In December, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity issued its “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy.” It is high time the executive branch dug deeply into cybersecurity issues, writes RedSeal's Ray Rothrock.

Army Cyber Center of Excellence Requests Capability Research

January 17, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The Army Cyber Center of Excellence is requesting research papers that address specific areas that answer learning demands or capability gaps that inhibit operational force effectiveness or efficiency.

Hillary Isn't Alone In Using a Personal Device for Work

January 6, 2017
As many as 40 percent of federal agency employees disregard mobile device policy.

The security risk from personal devices is much larger than policies alone can control.


Greater Integration Across the EMS Needed for Battlefield Dominance

December 20, 2016
By Capt. Kenneth Parks, USN (Ret.)

There’s no disputing technology’s role in the rapidly changing face of modern warfare. The convergence of commercial services with military applications, such as delivery of real-time data from anywhere using various devices, has changed what constitutes a combat environment. The U.S. military seeks to define a strategic approach to these converged operations. Time is of the essence, writes Kenneth Parks of Harris Corporation. 

Farewell to Hale, the Chief

December 15, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Richard Hale, the Defense Department chief information security officer, has retired after a long and distinguished career in public service. He will be missed, but he leaves a legacy of others following his model.

ZeroPoint Earns Mega Points with DHS

December 13, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that ZeroPoint, an exploit detection and analytics tool, has spun off as a startup company called ZeroPoint Dynamics.

Defense Department Launches 'Hack the Army' Bug Bounty Program

Hackers, take your mark. Building on the successes of the U.S. Defense Department’s “Hack the Pentagon” bug bounty program launched earlier this year, the Army now launches its own challenge. it’s now the Army’s turn.

Halvorsen Offers a Different Take on the Insider Threat

November 17, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Terry Halvorsen, U.S. Defense Department chief information officer, addresses the crowd at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Terry Halvorsen, U.S. Defense Department chief information officer, told the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific audience he is concerned about the cyber threat posed by insiders, but he also warned against limiting employees’ sense of freedom.