Air Force Takes Steps to Defend Cyber Domain

The American Forces Press Service reports, in an article dated November 9, 2010 by Ian Graham, that the Air Force is turning to its core capabilities  - speed, access and distance – to provide the Department of Defense with "a[n organic] capability . . . so that we could carry out anything our government might ask us to do in the defense of our networks."

According to Maj. Gen. Michael J. Basla, Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo., 

"There's a great threat to American security our there in the cyberspace domain, and it's real, it's significant, it's persistent, and we are under attack every day.  The defense of our networks is essential for us to conduct all kinds of day-to-day activities – in the commercial sector, in the public sector, in the military sector."

In order to provide the nation with secure networks, as well as provide whatever response is required in the event of a large-scale attack, the Air Force "is reconciling [those] needs with the requirements of the job."  Previously, "100 percent of the service's original cyberspace officers had to have technical degree before being admitted to the cybersecurity program.  Now only about 80 percent need them."  Additionally, basic training of new airmen, which takes place at Lackland AFB, Tex., now includes two phases "on being a good 'cyber wingman' and taking care of the network."  This training evolution has also reached the Air Force Academy, which now offers a cybersecurity major to its cadets.  

Speaking of the shift in mindset, Gen. Basla said that where a blinking light used to signify a network interruption and required a "maintainer," now that same blinking light may signify an attack, and requires an "operator" to respond.  

According to the General, "'[t]oday, the operator must [ask upon seeing the blinking light] 'Is there some adversary that is getting into my networks that is trying to interrupt my mission assurance capabilities?'"

 

 

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

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is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

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is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

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