Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















CYBER WARS
AF looks to ensure cyber resiliency in weapons systems through new office
by Staff Writers
Hanscom AFB MA (AFNS) Jan 09, 2017


illustration only

The Air Force, through its Life Cycle Management Center, has stood up the Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems (CROWS).

Although the office's primary operating location and senior leadership will be at Hanscom Air Force Base, contributing staff will come from various Air Force organizations and geographic locations. It will focus on integrating activities across the Air Force to ensure weapon systems maintain mission-effective capabilities, despite cyber adversities. It reached initial operating capability Dec. 21, 2016.

"The Air Force's ability to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace is threatened by increasing competent adversaries in the cyberspace domain," said Dennis Miller, the CROWS director, who also serves as Hanscom AFB's engineering and technical management associate director. "The cyber threat is more than just network intrusion or traditional malware - it also affects our weapon systems and presents a clear and present danger to successful mission assurance."

Weapon systems have real-time constraints and complexities coupled with differing sustainment strategies which means the same security management practices that are used for traditional information technology systems require tailoring and adaption to be effective and efficient in a weapon system environment.

Miller said the CROWS will focus on integration across Air Force communities to acquire, field, operate and sustain increased cyber-resilient weapon systems. It will also work to integrate activities in the Air Force Cyber Campaign Plan (CCP) focused on multiple strategic vectors.

According to Daniel Holtzman, the Air Force cyber technical director, achieving the intended mission assurance in a cyber-contested environment involves a complex combination of individual systems acquisition, including design and development; operational concerns encompassing planning and execution; and systems sustainment including maintenance and training.

In addition, when vulnerabilities, external factors and adversary tactics are combined, they create a set of complex interdependencies that must be worked in a holistic and integrated manner to reduce risk, Holtzman said.

"To effectively and efficiently combat the cyber threat, we must horizontally integrate within and across our weapon systems, working together across our Air Force and partnership communities to securely design and operate systems, conduct missions and sustain capabilities," he said. "We must educate and train our Air Force communities to be vigilant of the cyber risk at all times."

Some of the ongoing work the CROWS will provide is integrated program management and execution oversight for the lines of action of the CCP including: conducting mission-level cyber risk analysis, integrating cyber into systems engineering, enhancing adaptability and agility via modular design and approaches, developing a cyber-savvy workforce, increasing assurance in fielded systems in a cost effective and efficient manner, increasing the integration of cyber intelligence and enabling cyber operation flights and cyber protection teams.

As part of the Air Force Cyber Campaign Plan, a senior-level steering group was also formed. The Cyber Resiliency Steering Group, is chaired by Jeff Stanley, the associate deputy assistant secretary (science, technology and engineering), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. The group will provide strategic guidance and cross Air Force integration.


Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

.


Related Links
Hanscom Air Force Base
Cyberwar - Internet Security News - Systems and Policy Issues






Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
CYBER WARS
Apple removes New York Times app from China store
Beijing (AFP) Jan 5, 2017
Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations. The US newspaper said both its English- and Chinese-language apps were pulled late last month, blocking one of the few remaining channels for readers in China to access its reports. "For some time now the New York Times app has not been perm ... read more


CYBER WARS
Real time imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka aboard space station

Russian Astronauts to Hold Terminator Experiment in Space

Two US astronauts complete spacewalk to upgrade ISS

The hidden artist of the Soviet space programme

CYBER WARS
Next Cygnus Mission to Station Set for March

Michoud complete stand for testing SLS main fuel tank

Weather delays resumption of SpaceX's rocket launches

Arianespace to launch Intelsat 39

CYBER WARS
HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat

New Year yields interesting bright soil for Opportunity rover

Hues in a Crater Slope

3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps

CYBER WARS
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

CYBER WARS
OneWeb announces key funding from SoftBank Group and other investors

Airbus DS and Energia eye new medium-class satellite platform

Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

SoftBank delivers first $1 bn of Trump pledge, to space firm

CYBER WARS
Scientists recreate stellar combustion conditions using compact lasers

3-D printing and nanotechnology, a mighty alliance to detect toxic liquids

MIT scientists create super strong, lightweight 3D graphene

Artisan 3D radar completes sea trials

CYBER WARS
VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

Could dark streaks in Venusian clouds be microbial life

Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star

Between a rock and a hard place: can garnet planets be habitable

CYBER WARS
Lowell Observatory to renovate Pluto discovery telescope

How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere

Flying observatory makes observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space

York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News








The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement