The Cyber Edge Writing Contest

The Cyber Edge Writing Contest

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To encourage individual thought leaders to share their knowledge with the AFCEA audience, each year SIGNAL produces The Cyber Edge Writing Contest. Writers address a unique theme and the top three submissions receive cash prizes and accolades. A panel of industry experts selects the winners. 

2023 Contest Focus:

The cyber domain remains as vulnerable and volatile as ever. Cyberattacks continue to rise, threatening security, identities, budgets and our way of life. Agencies and companies alike must collaborate and innovate together to achieve a joint end-state. Submit an original news feature, analysis or commentary article on the emerging technologies to spur innovation and help agencies and companies achieve a successful joint end-state. This year’s writing contents theme: Emerging Technologies in the Cyber Realm.

Approach:

  • Explain the threat.

  • Describe a solution and how it could (or is) alleviating current dangers.

  • Report on activities that are either possible, necessary or already underway to implement the technology, program or concept.

Prizes:

The top three authors will each receive a monetary prize and have their articles published by SIGNAL Media.

  • First place $5,000

  • Second Place $2,000

  • Third Place $1,000

Contest Details:

Word count must be between 1,500 and 2,000. Use a news writing style with the most important information in the first paragraph and direct attributions in the article where needed. Do not use footnotes/references. Only submit original writing. The article must not have been submitted elsewhere or have been previously published in any format either in print or online. Contest entries will be judged on content originality, alignment with the focus, writing quality and guideline adherence.

Eligibility:

Open to industry, academia, government and military at all levels and locations. Employees of AFCEA and their immediate families, or employees of the contest sponsor, are not eligible. Only one submission per individual name, regardless of author or co-author status. An author can include co-authors when submitting; however, regardless of the number of co-authors, only one prize will be paid, as shown above, per winning submission.

 

Enter The Cyber Edge Writing Contest
Section Title
2022 Winners: Emerging Technologies in the Cyber Realm
Accordion Items
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FIRST PLACE: MORGAN LIVINGSTON
Content

Securing Machine Learning Requires a Sociotechnical Approach

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2022 

Morgan Livingston is a Science Policy Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute. 

 

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SECOND PLACE: ELIE ALHAJJAR
Content

Adversarial Machine Learning Poses a New Threat to National Security

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2022 

Elie Alhajjar is a senior research scientist at the Army Cyber Institute and jointly an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 

 

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THIRD PLACE: MULTIPLE AUTHORS
Content

Identifying Shared Vulnerabilities and Mitigation Strategies for Cloud, Wireless, and IoT

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2022 

  • Lt. Col. Veronica Wendt, USA (Ret.) is a research fellow at the National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace (NDU CIC) 
  • Michelle Guo, is founder of MAGICAVE Media, LLC 
  • Dr. Anteneh Girma is associate professor of computer science and cybersecurity at the University of the District of Columbia 

 

Section Title
2021 Winners: The Future of Cyber War Fighting
Accordion Items
Title
FIRST PLACE: MULTIPLE AUTHORS
Content

From AI Hype to AI Proof

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2021 

  • George Galdorisi is director of Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures for the Naval Information Warfare Command Pacific 
  • Capt. Sam Tangredi, USN (Ret.) is professor of National, Naval and Maritime Strategy in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies of the U.S. Naval War College. 
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SECOND PLACE: SAMUEL RICHMAN
Content

Defending the Human Digital Network

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2021 

Samuel Richman, U.S. Defense Department systems engineer at Zscaler, 

 

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THIRD PLACE: LT. COL. RYAN KENNY, USA
Content

Precision-Guided Marketing and the Future of Information Operations

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2021

Lt. Col. Ryan Kenny, USA 

Creator of an online forum to foster discussions on emerging technologies at www.militarycommunicators.org.

Section Title
2020 Winners: The Digital Frontier
Accordion Items
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FIRST PLACE: MULTIPLE AUTHORS
Content

Control Systems Need Software Security Too,

SIGNAL Magazine, June 2020 

  • Dr. Bryan C. Ward is a  technical staff member in the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  
  • Ryan C. Burrow  is associate staff member in the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  

 

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SECOND PLACE: MIDSHIPMAN ALLISON ANNICK, USN
Content

Aging Workforce Brings On COBOL Crisis

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2021 

Midshipman Allison Annick, USN, is a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy majoring in cyber operations and minoring in Chinese 

 

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THIRD PLACE: STEPHEN WOOD
Content

Four Steps To Reduce IoT Risk

SIGNAL Magazine, July 2020 

Stephen Wood is Strategic product manager, Tripwire. 

 

 

SIGNAL's Sparky Baird Writing Contest

Prior to 2020, SIGNAL gave the Sparky Baird Writing Contest annual award to the author(s) of the outstanding SIGNAL Magazine article of the year. The W.J. "Sparky" Baird Award is named after Col. W.J. Baird, USA (Ret.), former general manager of AFCEA and editor of SIGNAL Magazine. Col. Baird became editor of  SIGNAL in 1956 and held that position for 18 years. He assumed the additional duty of AFCEA general manager in 1959. That position became AFCEA president in 1977.

Section Title
Sparky Baird Winners
Accordion Items
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2008- 2019
Content

2019  


"Cyberspace Triggers a New Kind of Arms Race" 

SIGNAL Magazine, February 2018 

Nicola Whiting, Titania 
  

2018  

"How the Hashtag is Changing Warfare, " SIGNAL Magazine, June 2017 

Adam B. Jonas, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command G-2/Threat Tec LLC 

 

2017 

"Army Braces for a Culture Clash," SIGNAL Magazine, January 2016 

Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Dale Harris, USA (Ret.) 

 

2016  

"The Network of the Future is Needed Now," SIGNAL Magazine, December 2015 

Lt. Col. David R. Waller, USAF, United States Special Operations Command 

Maj. Ernest H. Jenkins, USA, United States Central Command 

Lt. Cmdr. Christina M. Hicks, USN, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic 

 

2015  

"Defense Acquisition, Meet Moore's Law," SIGNAL Magazine, August 2014 

Col. M. Thomas Davis, USA (Ret.) 

 

2014 

"The Failing of Air Force Cyber," SIGNAL Magazine, November 2013 

1st Lt. Robert Lee, USAF 

 

2013 

"The Tactical Edge Sees Data Interoperability," SIGNAL Magazine, November 2012 

Frank Klucznik 

Capt. Michael Stephens, USAF 

 

2012  

"A Culture Shock Is Coming," SIGNAL Magazine, July 2011 

Paul Strassman 
 

2011  

"China Enters the Aircraft Carrier Club," SIGNAL Magazine, April 2010 

James Bussert 

 

2010  

"Twitter is Mission Critical," SIGNAL Magazine, October 2009 

Carol Scheina 

Gabe Mounce 

Daniel Ward 

 

2009 

"Asymmetric Warfare Requires Intelligence Community Reorganization," SIGNAL Magazine, April 2008 

 Diana Raschke 

 

2008  

Vinh Nguyen 

"Current Trends in Intelligence Outsourcing Affect Workforce Stability," SIGNAL Magazine, December 2007