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Making the Case for a Federal Bureau of Statistics
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Jul 2022
AFCEA International's Cyber Committee is pleased to present this white paper as part of the members' series of white papers designed to inform an evolving national cybersecurity strategy. This paper, focused on recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission pertinent to a Bureau of Cyber Statistics, represents a program issue, given that it discusses a capability the commission believes required to strengthen the cybersecurity of the United States.

The Danger of Cognitive Stress on Tactical Cyber Operations
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Apr 2022
Cybersecurity professionals, especially on-net defenders, experience striking similarities to stress-inducing factors as do first responders. While discussions at cybersecurity conferences dating to 2018 noted a significant rise in burnout, depression and suicide in the community, no official studies exist to date. This white paper, written by members of AFCEA International's Cyber Committee, seeks to educate readers on contributing factors of the current cultures, the potential role of "gamification" to impact behaviors and recommendations to address the issue.

Jumpstarting Rural Broadband Initiatives
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Dec 2021
High-speed Internet access is critical to economic opportunity, job creation, education and civic engagement. All Americans, whether living and working in cities or the nation's rural areas, need reliable and ready access. This white paper, prepared by members of AFCEA's Cyber Committee, reviews some of the major government programs to improve nationwide availability of broadband and offers suggestions for how and why the private sector should participate. It also investigates the security and national competitive implications of the lack of reliable broadband Internet ...

Establishing a Federal Digital Service Academy
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   May 2021
Winning in cyberspace is at root a human problem. We urgently need to build the next generation of digital leaders to prepare both government and civil society to defend and deter in this venue. It is time for us to consider developing a national cyber or digital service academy, much like the dedicated national service academies at Annapolis, West Point, and Colorado Springs. In this white paper the AFCEA Cyber Committee details a way forward for this initiative.

China, Cyberspace and Hybrid State Power
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Feb 2021
The rise of China as a peer competitor vying for superpower status has emerged as an important challenge for the United States. The AFCEA Cyber Committee opens the discussion of China's hybrid approach to the use of power, particularly in cyberspace, as a competitor to the United States. Internal and external governance and to its application on the battlefield are two facets of China's approach.

Strengthening the Nation's Cybersecurity Strategy, Part Two
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Jan 2021
The AFCEA Cyber Committee is pleased to present the second in a series of white papers designed to inform an evolving national cybersecurity strategy. While many cybersecurity recommendations focus on federal government activities, including civilian
 and military components, the committee recognizes the vital role that state and local authorities and stakeholders must play to safeguard the nation's civil, critical and business infrastructures. A one-size-fits-all model doesn't exist because local government organizations vary in size and complexity, cyber capability an ...

Strengthening the Nation's Cybersecurity Strategy
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Oct 2020
Cybersecurity and its relationship to the national interests have evolved swiftly and will continue to do so. AFCEA International's Cyber Committee offers strategy recommendations as a result of numerous studies and commissions. This is the first in a series that will highlight specific recommendations that merit action now and in the next four years.

Open Source Software and Mission-Critical Applications: A Cautionary Tale
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   May 2020
AFCEA International Cyber Committee The efficiencies of using and embedding open source software imply a number of risks. AFCEA Cyber Committee members have examined the origins of the OSS trend, its motivation and some of these risks and drawn an analogy to previous quality control experiences. Members offer suggestions for mitigating the risks when building systems they intend to trust.

Small Business Cybersecurity
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   May 2020
AFCEA International Small Business Committee and Cyber Committee Rapid technology changes create new security vulnerabilities that require small businesses to expend resources to remain compliant. The fundamental problem is twofold: increasing technology complexity and competition for training security professionals. Members of the Small Business and Cyber committees suggest best practices, recommendations and information resources for small businesses to address these issues

Cyber Insurance
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Sep 2019
The Cyber Insurance Subcommittee of AFCEA International's Cyber Committee concluded cyber insurance is useful in risk transference but with some important caveats. For example, a purchase decision is contingent on individual company circumstances, such as revenue, risk tolerance, board guidance and regulatory environment relative to protected categories of information. In addition, every purchase decision should be critically reviewed regarding the extent of exclusions to coverage in each policy. The subcommittee also concluded that it remains in the indeterminate futur ...

MEASURING SECURITY: Making Sense Out of a Modern-Day Tower of Babel
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Mar 2019
Despite obvious and compelling needs for ways to measure security, AFCEA's Cyber Committee found that there is no consensus about how to measure security. To the contrary, its members found that the security metrics are all over the map with most organizations admitting in confidential discussions that they are not comfortable with the metrics they are using.

Big Data Analytics and Cybersecurity: Three Challenges, Three Opportunities - By: AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Jan 2018
This white paper provides recommendations on the applications of big data analytics and data science generally to the cybersecurity domain. It examines ways in which big data can be used to improve predictive analytics and to detect anomalous behavior that may be indicative of cybersecurity problems such as exploits or attacks. This paper also
examines the special challenges the security of big data environments
pose given the enhanced value of information that is made part of and subject to analysis within such environments. In addition, it discusses the implica ...

Big Data Analytics and Cybersecurity: Three Challenges, Three Opportunities - By: AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Jan 2017
This white paper provides recommendations on the applications of big data analytics and data science generally to the cybersecurity domain. It examines ways in which big data can be used to improve predictive analytics and to detect anomalous behavior that may be indicative of cybersecurity problems such as exploits or attacks. This paper also
examines the special challenges the security of big data environments
pose given the enhanced value of information that is made part of and subject to analysis within such environments. In addition, it discusses the implica ...

Recommended Context and Framework for a National Cyber Information Sharing Initiative
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Oct 2016
There has been increased public dialogue recently regarding the importance, potential benefits and urgency of sharing cyber-related information. The inference from much of the dialogue is
that information sharing is viewed as a primary means to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture. AFCEA's Cyber Committee has been evaluating the topic of information sharing. This paper provides additional recommendations for establishing the
standards and implementation of an effective National Information Sharing Infrastructure.

Recommended Implementation Strategies for a National Cyber Information Sharing Initiative
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   May 2016
The AFCEA Cyber Committee has continued to evaluate the appropriate strategies for improving our nation's approaches to information sharing. In the fall of 2014, the committee developed a set of recommendations and provided them to the White House team evaluating this topic. More recently, the committee provided recommendations regarding the appropriate context and framework for developing a national cyber information sharing infrastructure. This paper addresses recommendations for implementation strategies that should be pursued in implementing the provisions of the ex ...

The Future of Internet Governance - AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Jan 2014
The central theme of our research was and remains the issue of the existing and future evolution of the much-debated current Internet governance model. The current construct is often described as the ICANN model after the organization that has its roots in the earliest history of the Internet and has indeed evolved to represent global needs. It is easy to find alternative models, along with advocates for each. We present some of them and offer pros/cons for each.

Insider Threat: Protecting U.S. Business Secrets and Sensitive Information - AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Jul 2013
The objective of this paper is to identify the successful elements of insider threat programs established by U.S. businesses and to use this knowledge to advance information protection efforts for those businesses that are just become aware of the problem.

Secure Mobility - AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   May 2013
Mobile technology is a pervasive driver for innovation, agility, and flexibility in the workplace for both the U.S. Government and industry. This report documents the demographic and key findings of an AFCEA Cyber Committee industry survey modified from a survey prepared by the Federal CIO Council.

Looking for the Right Answers in the Clouds - AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Sep 2012
Everyones talking about Big Data today. Is Big Data a buzz word, real
phenomenon, or next evolution in our world? In this AFCEA white paper,
we surveyed many notable experts to gain perspectives on Big Data. This
paper serves as a primer on Big Data characteristics and provides insights
into technology challenges and solutions. The intent is to help federal
agencies, companies, and communities develop new solutions for consuming, storing, processing, and analyzing Big Data in order to find the right answers needed to accomplish the mission, gain competiti ...

Supply Chain Risk Management Awareness - AFCEA Cyber Committee
Provided By: AFCEA   Send Email to POC   View Content   Aug 2012
Continued globalization marks todays information and communications technology (ICT) marketplace. Mission critical systems and networks extensively leverage commercial, globally interconnected and globally sourced components. These components include hardware, software and firmware and while global sourcing provides innumerable economic and innovative benefits, it also provides our adversaries with increased opportunity to compromise the supply chains of our critical systems.


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