Cybersecurity and Information Systems Digest

23 NOVEMBER 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Challenges in Applying the Law of Armed Conflict to Cyberwar

On June 17, 2010, a small antivirus company established in Belarus discovered the Stuxnet worm. Later research would reveal that an earlier variant of the worm existed at least a year earlier. Stuxnet reputedly caused the physical degradation of some 1,000 centrifuges at the Natanz facility in Iran, based on data of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [1]. While the identity of the perpetrators […]

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Voice From the Community

John Aron

Owner, Aronetics LLC

John Aron has evaluative offensive and defensive experiences across multiple architectures since 1994. As a teenager, he was a SysAdmin in charge of 2,500 persons across seven cities in Ohio. His last job was at FedEx Kinko’s making copies before founding Aronetics in March 2017. In June 2017 he almost died with a severe traumatic brain injury that took three years to recover from. In the fall of 2018, he assessed holes in the evaluative experiences with intrusions assaulting private and public organizations to protect our U.S. institutions.

Featured News

U.S. Department of Defense and NTIA Launch 5G Challenge to Accelerate Development of Open 5G Ecosystem

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), announced today the launch of the 5G Challenge Preliminary Event:  RAN Subsystem Interoperability. This competition aims to accelerate the development and adoption of open interfaces, interoperable components, and multivendor solutions toward the development of an open 5G ecosystem.

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Recent News

U.S. Air Force Delivers E-4B Simulator

E-4B pilots and flight engineers assigned to the 595th Command and Control Group at Offutt Air Force Base have a new state-of-the-art training device. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Simulator Division delivered the…

NIST Awards Funding to Strengthen Advanced Manufacturing for Microelectronics, Digital and Biomanufacturing

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of $1.2 million to four organizations to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation across industries….

Cyber Mission Force Set to Add More Teams

“Right now, U.S. Cyber Command has about 133 cyber mission teams spread across the services, which make up its Cyber Mission Force — the ‘action arm’ of Cybercom,” said Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, who…

Readout From CISA’s Second Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Meeting

Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held its second Cybersecurity Advisory Committee meeting. The Committee, which held its inaugural meeting in December 2021, includes a diverse slate of leaders from across industry, academia, and government….

Posture Statement of Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command Before the 117th Congress

Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, testified in front of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Armed Services, Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information…

Justice Department Announces Court-Authorized Disruption of Botnet Controlled by the Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU)

The Justice Department today announced a court-authorized operation, conducted in March 2022, to disrupt a two-tiered global botnet of thousands of infected network hardware devices under the control of a threat actor known to security…

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Upcoming Events


This year’s theme is GEOINT:  The Foundation of Intelligence. Some confirmed speakers for the event include the following: Hon. Stacey Dixon, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Hon. Christy Abizaid, Director, National Counterterrorism Center…

TechNet Cyber

TechNet Cyber 2022 will be a forum for military, industry, and academia to discuss and plan how to achieve persistent engagement, presence, and innovation. It is the opportunity to devise a new strategy to build…

Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) 2022

Electromagnetic spectrum dominance is the new high ground as the U.S. Army faces an array of threats from China, Russia, and other near-peer adversaries. Whether it be deterrence in the early competition phase or dominance…

GITEC Conference

This educational symposium will examine cutting-edge technologies that will enable the federal government to modernize its information technology infrastructure. More information will come closer to the conference.

2022 Joint NDIA/AIA Spring Industrial Security Conference

This biannual conference, presented in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), serves as the forum for executive-level security leadership and policy-makers across the federal agencies and U.S. industry to convene to address major government…

IT and Cyber Day at MacDill AFB

The Federal Business Council has partnered with the Military Cyber Professionals Association to bring the Information Technology (IT) and Cyber Day at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), Florida. Panels include discussions by information management officers,…