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…

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