CYBERSECURITY AND FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS

SAN ANTONIO – Brigadier General (Ret.) Gregory Touhill, appointed in 2016 as the nation’s first Chief Information Security Officer, spoke to a group at the Alamo AFCEA Luncheon in San Antonio on Tuesday. Touhill discussed the current state of cybersecurity, common methods of attack, and how attacks can be combatted.

According to Touhill, in some cases our government is still operating equipment that was manufactured before the operator was born. “If you consider that the technological relevance of a computer ages at about 25 times the rate of a human being, we are depending on equipment that is several hundred years old. Well beyond the end of its intended life-span.”

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COL. SCOTT O’MALLEY OF THE 688TH CYBERSPACE WING DISCUSSES ONGOING REORGANIZATION

March 19, 2019

SAN ANTONIO – Col. Scott O’Malley, Vice Commander of the USAF’s 688th Cyberspace Wing at JBSA-Lackland, spoke to members of the Alamo-area AFCEA group on Tuesday. Col. O’Malley discussed challenges they’ve encountered in transitioning multiple pre-existing entities to new roles, and provided some insight in nto how the 688th plans to move forward more…

Lt. Col. “Ike” Kelly of the 25th Air Force Discusses the Future of Intelligence Operations in Space

SAN ANTONIO – Space is now a warfighting domain. This, according to the 25th Air Force’s Coordinator of Space-ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), Lt. Col. Kris “Ike” Kelly. This statement will surprise few who have spent any time observing the current geo-political landscape. Lt. Col. Kelly spoke to the San Antonio-area chapter of AFCEA on Wednesday. In June, the White House announced the creation of a “Space Force”, which would be tasked with defending U.S. interests in the realm of space. While this news quickly became fodder for late-night television, the Air Force was off and running with plans for how this new branch would initialize and evolve over time more…

3 CRITICAL STEPS TO TRANSITION TO THE CLOUD

The transition from on-premise data centers to cloud environments will continue to be a focus and a challenge for government agencies in 2018. The government-wide push for a cloud-first approach has been in full swing for several years. The low-hanging fruit – those systems that are small, simple, and don’t manage sensitive information – have been addressed. For the others, the surface has barely been scratched more…

HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM EDGE TECHNOLOGY

If there is one trend that seems certain, it is that terrorist groups and other American enemies will continue efforts to expand their activities, influence, and attacks around the globe- and in particular in remote geographies where little infrastructure exists for defending against this type of adversary. This poses a growing technical challenge for DoD and national security agencies; the ones who need to position war fighters and other elements of our defenses at the outer edges of our logistical capabilities more…

APPLYING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TODAY

“What are your thoughts on God?” asked a conference attendee at a breakout session during lunch. The room became silent and all eyes bounced between the asker and the presenter. Without a pause, the presenter provided a thought-provoking response, I’ll explain that in a moment.

Such a question would be irrelevant or inappropriate at most technology conferences, but not at Time Machine 2017, SparkCognition’s first annual Artificial Intelligence conference. Policy and ethics took center stage as various speakers presented applications for AI and advanced Machine Learning throughout multiple industries more…

DATA CENTER TRENDS TO LOOK FOR IN 2018

The agency data center will continue to be a pain point in 2018 across a wide spectrum of government entities. This is nothing new- it has been a long-standing focus of attention for the highest levels of government administration as cloud-based systems become the norm. Government agencies will most likely never completely abandon their data centers – nor should they, as long as security and control over sensitive data are at stake. This being the case, administrators must recognize that the biggest challenge facing their IT teams is the complexity of maintaining their own data centers. In a field where success can be so predicated on preparation, why not give engineers and administrators the chance to focus their time and energy looking forward, and less time being reactive as they run through a never-ending cycle of emergency maintenance more…

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