SIGNAL Magazine Update: Cybersecurity Issues Addressed

Situational awareness presents the biggest challenge to cybersecurity, Maj. Gen. Steven Smith, USA, director for the U.S. Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 Cyber Directorate, asserted at chapter's October luncheon. In a presentation outlining his organization and how it interacts with the larger defense cyber command, he appealed to industry for innovation that can help address that challenge, as well as help eliminate other obstacles to security. He presented the example of the more than 275 data centers that the Army currently operates and how he has challenged the organization to find ways to consolidate them to less than 50. Gen. Smith also stressed that industry understand the role that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will play in all future procurements of technology for the Army. To sell technology to the Army, a company must be fully set up with DISA as an approved contractor. <br><br>Following the presentation, the chapter awarded the first annual Honorable John Warner STEM Teacher Scholarship to Sally Richmond of Park View High School in honor of her dedication to the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Also, the Young AFCEANs were recognized for holding another successful mentor-protégé night, which brought together leaders in industry with young professionals. The chapter announced the upcoming Air Force IT Day on October 21, as well as the Career Transition Seminar and dinner on October 19. Invitations to support the March of Dimes annual Heroines in Technology gala, which the chapter is also sponsoring, were distributed to all attendees. The chapter has sponsored a new award to recognize outstanding contributions by women in the government sector. The gala will be held November 12 at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

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