Defense Department, tech

Rules of engagement for cyberwarfare (Defense Systems)

From my swan song at Defense Systems:

In the face of an increasingly dangerous collection of network-enabled terrorists, politically and economically motivated hackers, and potentially adversarial countries flexing their muscle in the cyber realm, the Defense Department is in the process of creating a doctrine for waging – and preventing – war in cyberspace.

Read more on Defense Systems.

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Other Federal Agencies, Policy

DHS Cyber-czar says Federal cyber goals would be nice, thanks

Ron Beckstrom, director of DHS’s national security center, told Homeland Security conference attendees that “the end state (of a cyber security effort) is not adequately discussed”, and that the Federal government needs to set some concrete goals.”Do we want a stable Internet for commerce, for communication, for intelligence, for information-sharing or for the warfighter to have an electronic advantage in war? We need clearer directives.”

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Cyberdefense and Information Assurance, Policy

Experts converge to state obvious on cyber security

FCW’s Ben Bain reports:

The Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) today released recommendations that included improved coordination for cybersecurity research and development efforts.

And what did they recommend?

  • Better coordination.
  • Better metrics for security.
  • A better legal framework.
  • Oh, and consider the human element.

Oh REALLY? Really?

“Improved coordination” is like bipartisanship and charity–everybody wants it, until it’s their turn to give a little.

Metrics? You mean, we need to measure something?

Okay. I’ll leave the legal thing alone, other than to say that everyone is painfully aware of the legal issues in nuking a zombie computer on a network in a friendly country that may cohabitate with, say, a billion dollars worth of economic value.

And the human factor? Can’t we all just agree to stop replying to the sons and wives of Nigerian government officials already, and stop clicking on the monkey?

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Cyberdefense and Information Assurance, Policy

Los Alamos: Spanish for "We lost more computers"

From Los Alamos National Laboratory reportedly missing 80 computers – Related Stories – SNM SmartBrief:

“Because the losses were considered a ‘property management issue’, the “cyber security issues were not engaged in a timely manner.'”

The Department of Energy cares about security. Really they do. They just don’t engage the issues in a timely manner.

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Cyberdefense and Information Assurance

Los Alamos: Spanish for “We lost more computers”

From Los Alamos National Laboratory reportedly missing 80 computers – Related Stories – SNM SmartBrief:

“Because the losses were considered a ‘property management issue’, the “cyber security issues were not engaged in a timely manner.'”

The Department of Energy cares about security. Really they do. They just don’t engage the issues in a timely manner.

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Defense Department, People

JICTF's RADM Brown to get second star

From the Defense Department’s Flag Officer announcements:

“Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael A. Brown has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Brown is currently serving as assistant deputy director, Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, Office of the Director of National Intelligence/deputy assistant secretary for cyber security and communications, National Protection and Programs, Directorate of the DHS, Arlington, Va.”

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People

JICTF’s RADM Brown to get second star

From the Defense Department’s Flag Officer announcements:

“Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael A. Brown has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Brown is currently serving as assistant deputy director, Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, Office of the Director of National Intelligence/deputy assistant secretary for cyber security and communications, National Protection and Programs, Directorate of the DHS, Arlington, Va.”

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