On Point

May 1, 2022
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As the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) cybersecurity director, Rob Joyce oversees the agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate, which was established to prevent and eradicate cyber threats to the Defense Department, national security systems and the defense industrial base. He has served in both the cybersecurity and signals intelligence missions at NSA since 1989 and worked as the cybersecurity coordinator and acting homeland security advisor at the White House.

What would you say are your—or your team’s—greatest achievements since you started this job?

April 1, 2022

John Cofrancesco, the vice president for government for Fortress Information Security, is a former information officer with the U.S. Navy and a frequent cybersecurity subject matter expert
for national news media.

What is the greatest vulnerability in cyberspace today?

Today, organizations are increasingly reliant on partners and subcontractors for critical products and services. Interconnected systems provide refined and cost-effective solutions to business and government challenges alike. The result is an increased vulnerability to network intrusions, hacks and sophisticated cyber attacks. When a supply chain is compromised, its security can no longer be trusted.

March 1, 2022

John Dvorak is a chief architect for Red Hat and a member of the AFCEA Technology Committee and AFCEA Zero Trust Strategies Subcommittee. He is a former member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service and a private sector chief information officer and chief technology officer.

What are the biggest challenges to edge computing?

February 1, 2022

Shivaji Sengupta is member and CEO of MAGNUS Management Group LLC and founder and CEO of NXTKey Corporation. He also is an adjunct professor of cybersecurity at Delaware State University.

How are cybersecurity and innovation intersecting, and is it a positive or negative development?

January 1, 2022

Throughout 2021, On Point’s guest columnists answered a variety of questions geared to spurring discussion on new and emerging technologies. However, each columnist also answered one common question, and below is a summary of their responses to this single query:

What do you think is the next great technology trend?

December 23, 2021

Throughout the year, we highlighted a wide variety of thought leaders in our On Point column. Each interviewee shared their insight on the next great technology trend, and we’ve compiled a list of their top trends to watch as we prepare to kick off a new year.

1. Quantum effects

“Using them produces significant gains in sensitivity and thus signal-to-noise ratio. I admit, however, that I am less excited about quantum key distribution, believing that post-quantum public key cryptography that is resistant to cracking by quantum computation may prove to be more reliable.” —Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google

December 1, 2021

Emerging from academia via MIT, David is the CTO and co-founder at Markforged.

What is the most important activity for revolutionizing the supply chain?

The next step in revolutionizing the supply chain requires the continuation of supply chain digitization. This means turning toward digital solutions for supply chain management tools, which can store a digital record for each individual item in the supply chain.

November 1, 2021

Q&A with Rick Wagner, corporate vice president for Microsoft Federal.

What will be the key new commercial technology that will be embraced by the federal government in the coming years?

October 1, 2021

Professor emeritus of Management, Technology and Innovation at The George Washington University and author of the book Beyond Knowledge.

How has the pandemic changed the way people acquire and exchange information?

The pandemic highlights how modern societies are fragile and unable to cope with crises. We now face the stark realization that social institutions must be reformed to survive more pandemics, climate change and other threats. It is particularly sobering that many refuse to take precautions (masking, vaccines) because of unfounded beliefs, driving home the destructive power of disinformation.

August 1, 2021

Srini Iyer is the chief technology officer and head of ManTech’s Innovation & Capabilities Office.

Q. How can the military secure data at the edge to ensure reliability?

July 1, 2021

President of Hathaway Global Strategies, and former cyber advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama

What do the recent ransomware attacks bode for the United States? Is the wave of the future here, now? 

June 1, 2021

Lewis Shepherd, a senior executive at VMware, is the vice chair of AFCEA’s Intelligence Committee and an advisor to several government agencies.

Where will digital engineering have its greatest effect in military and intelligence operations?

May 1, 2021
Because COVID has changed the way people, Internet of Things developers and providers need to work together to bake in security. Credit: Pixabay

Col. Karlton Johnson, USAF (Ret.), is the chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body board of directors.

How has COVID changed the technology picture?

April 1, 2021

Juliana Vida, chief technical advisor, public sector at Splunk Inc., is a former Navy deputy chief information officer.

How has data become a strategic asset to government organizations?

In today’s world, data is just as critical to government operations as electricity was at the turn of the century. It’s revolutionary. It informs how the government can best communicate amongst itself and with citizens. It predicts how the uniformed services can most efficiently and effectively operate. And it advises us on how to best interact with the world and our future partners.

March 1, 2021

Bob Gourley, chief technology officer and co-founder of OODA LLC, is a due diligence and cybersecurity consultant who also publishes OODAloop.com and CTOvision.com.

How can Defense Department decision-makers take better advantage of the innovations being produced by U.S. technology firms?

February 1, 2021


Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, is considered by many to be one of the fathers of the Internet.

How will new mobile technologies, such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), change military communications?

Smart devices, sensors, controllers are increasingly important for military operations, including surveillance, situation awareness. These devices are deeply dependent on wireless deployment and will benefit from 5G capacities. By implication, the U.S. and its allies will need to cooperate to assure secure interoperation of their 5G implementations.

What is the role of strong authentication in battlespace communications?