Cyber Blog

What’s the Most Deadly Cyber Attack?

November 17, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Experts debate whether a cyber attack against common information systems or industrial control systems would be more lethal. Photo by Bob Goodwin

U.S. military and civilian experts on protecting critical infrastructure control systems debated whether a cyber attack on common information systems or on industrial control systems would be more deadly in response to an audience question at the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific conference in Honolulu.

Operational Challenges in the Cyber Domain

November 16, 2016
By George I. Seffers
A panel discusses challenges in cyber domain at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific in Hawaii. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Operating in a relatively new operations domain, cyber fighters are coping with a wide range of challenges, including lack of training and still-to-be-defined policies, doctrines and authorities. Speaking at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific, a panel of cyber experts agreed that the authorities to conduct cyber operations—along with policies, doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures—still need to be defined even as technology advances rapidly.

Building Trust in the Cyber Era

November 15, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Asia-Paciifc 2016 discuss the need for trust in the cyber domain. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Trust—or a lack thereof—is one of the biggest impediments to information sharing among coalitions and partner nations, according to a panel of experts speaking at the AFCEA TechNet conference in Honolulu. Randy Cieslak, chief information officer for the U.S. Pacific Command, led the panel. He described cyber as a two-edged sword available to both good guys and bad.

Defeating Enemies at the Speed of Cyber, Not Speed of Budgets

November 2, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews, USAF, (Ret.), former director of cyberspace operations and chief information security officer for the Air Force, delivers the luncheon keynote during MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter

The military that can control and deny access to and use of the electromagnetic spectrum will be the victor of the next war, predicts Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews, USAF, (Ret.), former director of cyberspace operations and chief information security officer for the Air Force. Attaining supremacy within that crucial domain should be driving emerging technologies that will give the U.S. military the technical overmatch on the battlefield.

New Era of Complex Military Operations Brings Cyber Concerns to Forefront

November 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of DISA and JFHQ-DODIN, addresses cyber-based network issues at MILCOM 2016 in Baltimore. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Today’s young soldiers don’t want cutting-edge mobile technology in their warfighting platforms; they want that to be their warfighting platforms, says Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA. He spoke Tuesday on the inaugural day of MILCOM 2016. This year's theme, Securing Communications at the Speed of Cyber, digs into the competing priorities of speed, security and cost amid emerging challenges. 

Simple Steps for Social Media Security

October 26, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
Privacy and security settings exist for a reason. Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks.

Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but users, particularly millennials, should be wary about how much personal information they post.

Millennial Cyber Behaviors Threaten Federal IT Systems

October 25, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

Millennials could just pose as grave a cybersecurity risk to enterprise networks as cyber criminals, according to one recent study. With more of them entering the federal workplace, they bring along technology preferences and bad behavior that threaten security of federal IT systems, according to cybersecurity developer Forcepoint.

Cyber Attacks Temporarily Shut Down Several Popular Sites

October 21, 2016

Major websites such as Twitter, Spotify, Amazon—and AFCEA International and SIGNAL Media—fell victim to successive massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Friday. The Internet traffic firm Dyn informed people of the cyber attack after the sites were shut down.

Plenty of Phish in Your Sea of Emails

October 19, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Cyber criminals have become quite savvy in luring people to click on a link or open an attachment through spam and phishing attacks. Learn how to spot and avoid these cyber attacks with tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance.

NATO Launches Cyber Acquisition Reform Study

October 18, 2016

NATO Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency have launched an independent project to research options for streamlining NATO’s cyber capability development and acquisition processes.

5 Tools for Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime

October 17, 2016
By Aubrey Merchant-Dest

Last year, the Defense Department issued the Cybersecurity Culture and Compliance Initiative, a memorandum containing alarming statistics on the actual number of successful network compromises and their causes, and principles for guiding daily operations for network users. The good news is that out of 30 million known malicious intrusions occurring over 10 months, 99.9 percent were prevented. The bad news is that .1 percent—or 30,000 attacks—successfully compromised a DOD cyber system.

U.S. Army Cyber Command Gets a New Commander

October 14, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, USA, assumed leadership of U.S. Army Cyber Command and 2nd Army during a ceremony Friday at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He took over responsibilities from outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, USA, who led Army Cyber for more than three years.

How to Report Cyber Crime

October 12, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities are becoming more sophisticated about cyber attacks and devoting more resources to responding to them.

5 Tips for Creating a Cybersecurity Culture Within DOD Environments

October 11, 2016
By Aubrey Merchant-Dest

Defense and intelligence agencies need more than security tools and solutions to guard against the increasing number of cyber threats. They must create a culture to ensure that the nation’s cyber borders are secure. It takes just one negligent worker to open the door and throw out the welcome mat to a malicious attacker.

New Websites Available for Navy Cyber Work Force Personnel

October 6, 2016

Naval Information Forces has developed a website for the Navy Cyber IT and Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) Qualification Program.

Hackers Love Your Small Business

October 5, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Smaller businesses have become bigger targets for cyber attacks. Now more than ever, owners must quantify the risk and what could happen as a result of a successful cyber breach.

Confronting the Enemy at the Endpoint: Tips for Online Safety and Security

October 3, 2016
By Aubrey Merchant-Dest

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hopes to use the month-long campaign to inform everyone—individuals, nonprofits, the military, private industries, educational institutions and governments—about cybersecurity.

Yahoo Warns 500 Million User Accounts Hacked by 'State-Sponsored Actor'

September 22, 2016

Yahoo Inc. released a statement Thursday informing customers that at least 500 million user accounts were stolen from its network in 2014 by what company officials labeled a "state-sponsored actor."

Financial Sector Offers Model for Cybersecurity Sharing

September 15, 2016
By J. Wayne Lloyd

When it comes to cybersecurity, many people express consternation and wonderment as to why the government cannot protect the Internet. It boils down to two things: No authorization, and officials only have visibility into a scant number of networks under their control.

DNI Warns of Continued Troubled Cyber Wars

September 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper speaks at the Intelligence & National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer Photography

Cybersecurity will remain as much of a challenge for the next administration as it has been for the current White House, especially in light of the constant barrage of cyber attacks from nation states, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday at the Intelligence & National Security Summit.