Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Army Signal Command Protecting Networks from Hackers

Army Signal Command Protecting Networks from Hackers

By Sgt. 1st Class Jim Ward.

Fort Huachuca, Arizona -- (Army News Service) February 11, 1999) -- Soldiers on patrol in countries spanning the globe are the sentries who keep enemies at bay. Even as they stand guard at the dawn of the new century, a system called information assurance is doing likewise -- with them in mind.

Information assurance is the umbrella term for what is a new way to ensure that the military's computer networks withstand withering attacks from foreign and domestic hackers.

Leading the charge in this effort is a team of computer networkers and specialists with the U.S. Army Signal Command. This team has been working since March 1998 to accomplish a mission handed down from the highest levels of the defense leadership.

According to Lt. Col. James M. Withers, the head of the team, the team's charter is simple: devise a strategy that will keep critical networks as safe from intrusion as possible, and an action plan to help get there.

"Our mission, as outlined by the Army vice chief of staff is to implement near real time, worldwide, common picture of the Army's Military Information Environment," Withers said.

This was done by combining the Army's Information Service Provider functions with the Army Regional Computer Emergency Response Team. This, according to Withers, ensures that reporting of this common picture of this Military Information Environment to a central coordination center, located at Fort Huachuca.

"This action provided the Army Signal Command with an enhanced acquisition of unified and global near-real-time protect, detect and react capabilities through the lash-up of these two functions," Withers said.

Withers said that this process involves computer systems specialists from around the world. These personnel, in tandem with the Army Regional Computer Emergency Response Team, combine forces to detect hackers and others as soon as possible before damage can be done.

Computer systems specialists with the 1st Signal Brigade in Korea, the 516th Signal Battalion in Hawaii and the 5th Signal Command in Germany operate and maintain Network and Systems Operations Centers. These soldiers and civilians are responsible for the detection effort in their theaters and report activity to the Army Signal Command headquarters.

Once at the ASC level, Army Network and Systems Operations Center staff performs over-watch on most of the Army's networks. This is an effort to keep the networks humming along, providing the information lifeline soldiers rely on as they perform their peace enforcement role around the world.

All of this, Withers said, is being done to ensure the Army's critical circuits and information systems don't fall prey to "cyber-terrorists," who wish to do damage to the Army's ability to protect America. "The Army is in the lead in this battle thanks to the can-do attitude of the team that assembled here at ASC headquarters several months ago," Withers said.

Now that the team has slammed the door on these terrorists and locked up the networks, the need for constant vigilance goes on. That's where the Regional Computer Emergency Response Team and its theater-level counterparts come in.

"Without the human element, this mission won't get done. The soldier is at the tip of the spear," Withers said. "Our team is a part of the process -- from fort to foxhole."

(Editor's note: Ward is with the U.S. Army Signal Command's Public Affairs Office at Fort Huachuca, Arizona)


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin

Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).