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The next great frontier: cyberspace & securing your "bits & bytes".


Brig Gen. Gregory Touhill, USAF, Director, C4 Systems, USTRANSCOM TCJ6


Jerry Cochran, Principal Cybersecority Architect, Microsoft

CAPT Daryl Hancock, USN, Director of Intelligence, USTRANSCOM

Michael Evanoff, Geospacial Engineer, Google


Peter Trahon, Section Chief, FBI

Cyber security is important to national security as we protect ourselves from adversaries who may desire to learn the movement of our American military and companies protect against corporate espionage. The panel's focus was to identify the threat environment, to discuss ways to protect against these threats, and to identify assets or resources that are available to companies. From a military perspective, cyber security is an operational concern, it is sensitive, but sharing information is necessary so risk management is necessary. From a risk standpoint information is "need to know".

Of industry, USTRANCOM expects companies to take reasonable measures, based on industry standards, to protect information. Industry must consider itself custodian of certain information which may play a role in protecting the lives of American military members. Mr. Evanoff discussed the difference between government/military versus commercial models of security. With the sharing of best practices, the two are evolving to have more similar security networks. Partnership and maintaining a constant dialogue are key to safeguarding information.

As we identify emerging threats, we must look at who is a threat, determine what they are trying to do, and run any incidents through channels. The cyber world is a scary place, to help your company you should practice good "cyber hygiene." This includes: making sure you patch your applications, that your operating systems are up-to-date, minimizing people with admin rights to your systems, and doing an application whitelist. If you feel you have possibly been victim of cyber theft there are a variety of commercial and government organizations who can help you. Cyber security is a partnership, we must all think defense in depth--it's not just about the technology, it is about training your people, having a culture of security and awareness, as well as having procedures and policies in place.
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Publication:Defense Transportation Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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