cyber

September 12, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Now-retired Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, recalls the transition from signal to cyber.

The After Active Duty blog series examines the challenges, rewards and lessons learned for those who have transitioned from active duty to the private sector and the role AFCEA played in this progression.

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), saw a lot of changes during his military career. And he helped bring about some changes, too.

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.

“The Russians hack our systems all the time, not just government but corporate and personal systems,” Clapper said on the inaugural day of at the Intelligence & National Security Summit (INSS) in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference, sponsored by AFCEA International and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), runs through Thursday.

September 1, 2016
By Michael Del Vecchio and Aaron Moore

The emergence of cyber as a battlespace domain has changed the formula for intelligence gathering as well as warfighting. No longer can any form of the traditional intelligence architecture guarantee national security superiority. Just as weapon systems needed to accommodate new technologies, the intelligence community now must leverage the trinity of sensors, big data and cyber. 

August 24, 2016
 

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z039); Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida (N00189-16-D-Z040); Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z041); Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z042); and Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia (N00189-16-D-Z043), are being awarded a combined estimated $155,770,425 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task orders contract to obtain analytical, engineering a

August 2, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, USA, commander, U.S. Army Europe, speaks to the attendees of TechNet Augusta via video teleconference.

AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016
The SIGNAL Magazine Online Show Daily, Day 1

Quote of the Day:
“What we’ve observed them do is employ the full-range of information warfare capabilities to effectively find and fix their opponents. And then they finish them with long-range fires and combined arms maneuvers.” —Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, commander, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence

August 10, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Nischit Vaidya (c), stands with his mother Mira Vaidya and father Niranjan Vaidya. Vaidya started a scholarship in his parents' names for cyber students at Capitol Technology University. Two students, a male and a female, will receive $1,000 each this fall. Photo courtesy Nischit Vaidya.

When students studying cybersecurity return to Capitol Technology University in Maryland this fall, cash scholarships donated by a former adjunct professor will aid at least two of them.

Nischit Vaidya, president and CEO of Argotis, is driven by a love of education and a desire to give back to his community. The new scholarship program—created in his parents' names—accomplishes that quest and provides a legacy honoring his parents, who endured years of hard work and worry to see their son succeed, he says. “For me, the biggest thing is my mom and dad.”

August 9, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman
The SANS Institute’s VetSuccess program aims to move veterans into private sector cybersecurity jobs via targeted training and corporate sponsorships.

A private cybersecurity institute is plucking U.S. veterans with related experience, training them and placing them with commercial firms where they can help develop solutions that ultimately could benefit their former services. Government and the military increasingly are calling on industry to provide them with effective cybersecurity, and this program aims to tap the expertise of former military cyber warriors as part of that private sector effort.

August 4, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Panelists discuss requirements for innovative solutions, primarily in the cyber realm, at AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016.

AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016
The SIGNAL Magazine Online Show Daily, Day 3

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“We need a network environment where cybersecurity and cyber situational awareness is, in real time, capable of automated response, reacting at machine speed, self-diagnosing and self-healing.”—Gen. Dennis Via, USA, commander, Army Materiel Command

Officials with the Army’s Materiel Command (AMC) have initiated discussions with Army Cyber Command officials to see if the command can play a greater role in the cyber arena, according to Gen. Dennis Via, USA, AMC commander.

August 3, 2016
By George I. Seffers
A TechNet Augusta panel discusses critical infrastructure protection.

AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2016
The SIGNAL Magazine Online Show Daily, Day 2

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“There isn’t a warfighting function that isn’t impacted by cyber, so securing, operating and defending the Army portion of the DODIN is a core warfighting capability.” —Ronald Pontius, deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army

On day two of the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference, cyber experts from across the military and industry openly and bluntly discussed the challenges of cybersecurity.

August 4, 2016
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army's organic industrial base helps equip the force with a wide range of equiment, including Stryker vehicles.

The workload for the Army’s organic industrial base facilities—depots, arsenals and ammunition plants—is nearly the same as it was prior to conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

August 4, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Gen. Dennis Via, USA, commander, Army Materiel Command, discusses the worldwide threat and the need for cybersecurity at TechNet Augusta.

The Army Materiel Command (AMC) is modernizing and deploying pre-positioned stocks in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific to ensure the service can rapidly and effectively respond to threats as they occur. Those so-called activity sets include the latest in communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment.

August 3, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Corrupting GPS data can disrupt the power grid, says one expert at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference.

When a hacker talks about a novel way to disrupt the power grid, people listen. At least that was the case on day two of the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference taking place in Augusta, Georgia.

Shawn Wells, chief security strategist, public sector, Red Hat Inc., who was once busted—and then hired—by the NSA for breaking into the networks at Johns Hopkins University, said he recently learned at a Department of Energy cyber conference about a creative technique hackers used to mess with power distribution.

Wells did not specify when the attack took place.

August 3, 2016
By George I. Seffers

One of the biggest advances in the near future likely will be the convergence of major military networks into one unified Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN), predicts Ronald Pontius, deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army. And that network will be operated and maintained by Signal Corps soldiers.

August 2, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commander, U.S. Army Center of Excellence, speaks at TechNet Augusta on August 2, 2016.

The Russian Federation forces are using a wide array of cyber and electronic warfare capabilities unlike anything U.S. forces have faced in the past 16 years. Russia uses its sophisticated capabilities to detect, locate and eliminate enemy forces, according to Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commander, U.S. Army Center of Excellence.

Gen. Fogarty made the comments as the first speaker for AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta conference, Cyber in the Combined Arms Fight, taking place in Augusta, Georgia, August 2-4.

August 1, 2016
 

Research funded through a $9.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could develop a new technique for wirelessly monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) devices for malicious software without affecting the operation of the ubiquitous but low-power equipment, according to a Georgia Tech announcement.

August 1, 2016
 

Vencore Labs Inc., doing business as Applied Communication Sciences, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been awarded a $9,021,383 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software development. Contractor will provide research, development, demonstration and delivery of a Scalable and Holistic Energy CybeR-weapon Localization and Characterization (SHERLOC) system that is capable of rapidly localizing and characterizing cyberweapons that have gained access to power grid infrastructure and able to map industrial control systems, gather configuration data, determine which devices are behaving incorrectly, and discover and characterize malware.

August 1, 2016
 

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, has been awarded a $7,346,989 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software. The Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery is a project under technical area 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program. The goal of the RADICS program is to enable skilled cyber and power engineers to restore electrical service within seven days of an attack that overwhelms the recovery capabilities of the impacted organizations.

July 29, 2016
 

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, has been awarded an $18,699,100 cost contract for Cyber-Physical Experimentation Environment (CEER) for Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation Characterization Systems (RADICS) software system and report. Contractor will provide research, development and demonstration of a CEER hardware and software system to enable RADICS research, development, testing and evaluation. Work will be performed at Champaign, Illinois, and is expected to be complete by August 1, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 70 offers received.

July 18, 2016
 

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate will host two industry days to provide additional insights to the mobile and cellular industry and researchers about the Mobile Threats and Defenses request for information (RFI).

July 12, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

For 10 weeks, we have addressed the issue of women in STEM and why many leave the field after working so hard to earn their college degrees. For 10 weeks, we've run features on prominent women who stuck with their careers in science, technology, engineering and math, despite some hurdles. For 10 weeks, salient points have reverberated as leaders talk about the sexual harassment, the pay gap, waning student interest and the need for mentors. But we're not done talking about it. Next month, AFCEA International hosts its first Women in STEM panel at TechNet Augusta to tackle the issue. You should join us. 

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