Human Training Still Key to Cyber Defense

Human Training Still Key to Cyber Defense

Despite the need for constant technological innovation in the digital realm, the best defense against cyber attacks is not a new weapon system but strict human security procedures, said Air Force Space Command’s Vice Commander, Lt. Gen. Michael Basla last week.

“In the constantly changing domain [of cyber] I think we need stability, which is where we need to lay the foundation of our defenses,” said Basla during an April 1 speech at an Air Force Association-sponsored conference on cyber-war. “My definition of cyberspace defense is the convergence of trained people and disciplined processes, employing technology to defend information and information flow.”

As the number two man at AFSPACE, Basla helps oversee the air service’s cyber fighting-arm, 24th Air Force.


He went on to point out that chasing technology, especially in the speed-of-light cyber domain is an uphill battle isn’t as sound of a strategy for cyber defense as “stability and deliberate processes” on the human side of the fight.

He went on to make it clear that this didn’t mean the service should “stop trying” to keep up with technology in the age of Moore’s Law, adding that the AIr Force would “do our best” to stay ahead in the cyber tech game, but that there is almost no way to always stay ahead of every tech threat in an age where it is so easy to develop serious cyber weapons.

Key to developing these processes is streamlining the number of Air Force networks and standardizing training on them, he added.

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You are right on target. This issue is HUGE. One of the biggest problem is that many people think they know it all and they don’t and many security practitioners fail to avail themselves of continuing education — so their skills are outdated. It should also be noted that a small percentage do not believe that cyber attacks on our country and our infrastructure are taking place! We must address training now and not just for security people. Cyber situation awareness and a common base of cyber threat knowledge on this subject across a broad set of critical stakeholders are a must.

To the poster Mr. Kevin Coleman

You wrote: “It should also be noted that a small percentage do not believe that cyber attacks on our country and our infrastructure are taking place!”

Only a “small percentage” ? No, you killed this whole thread just by spouting such an insanity, you embarass everybody.

Enjoy the first lovely spring days outside your Neocon Propaganda bunker, you really need a bit of sunlight and natural vitamin B.

YES — a small percentage feels this is a government ploy to take over the Internet!

You are absolutely right. I attended Cyber trainng from my Navy command with a company called Freewater Technologies and I have to say they are probably the best training company I have ever been sent to. If anyone is looking for DoD 8570.1M IA training I highly recommend them.

You are the one that is off-base!! My reflections are based on doing this for nearly 2 decades in both the classified and unclassified space!

Hey editor, this is spam!

To the poster Mr. Kevin Coleman

You wrote: “My reflections are based on doing this for nearly 2 decades in both the classified and unclassified space!”

You “did” WHAT and where? Are you clinically delusional or what? NOTHING EVER HAPPENED IN THE PAST 2 DECADES ! Maybe a bit of online espionage, but no “Stuxnet attacks against a single U.S. American lamp post” !!! Stop shrieking for good.

P.S.: Even IF there had been any covered-up cyber attacks against the U.S.A., EVER : That’s not how a Democracy works. If you know something dramatic that the broad public should know, especially if you demand a strong government reaction to it, then you HAVE TO open your mouth and simply say all you know. Would at least a single name be saying too much?
Nobody will follow you into battle against presumed innocent foreigners just because he or she “blindly trusts your expert opinion” !

Hey, right now some Democratic politicians even question the President what exactly drove him into peaceful, pro-Western Libya! (“Israel” shill Hillary, of course, what else…)

It is, dead sure. My reflections are based on doing this for nearly 2 decades in both the classified and unclassified space!

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