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Operation Cyber Dragon turns Navy reservists into digital defenders.
Operation Cyber Dragon is the brainchild of Chief Warrant Officer Scott Bryson. This endeavor is authorized by U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and aims to fix virtual vulnerabilities while also fostering a new wave of cybersecurity expertise. Cyber Dragon kicked off in March, with the second phase of the program now underway. In its current form, the operation is focused on fortifying unclassified networks and rooting out common, widespread digital weaknesses: lax security settings, easily guessed credentials, unpatched software and more. To tackle such a large and evolving workload, manpower was needed. So Bryson turned to the reserves, including to people not necessarily cyber fluent.
NAVAIR posts Cyber Warfare Engineering draft RFP.
The Cyber Warfare Department (CWD), a department within the Digital Analytics Infrastructure and Technology Advancement (DAiTA) Group under the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), serves as NAVAIR’s competency and authoritative source to rapidly research, develop, mature, procure, integrate, test, evaluate, train, support and sustain cyber resilient and full spectrum cyber warfighting capabilities for platforms, weapons, sensors, communications and networks, computing systems, mission systems, support equipment, logistics and maintenance systems and ashore and afloat enterprise systems. The CWD has a requirement for contractor support services for engineering, technical and program management services and associated supplies to support the requirements and operations of the NAWCAD Cyber Warfare Department as defined in the draft solicitation. Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on August 24.
Ransomware Task Force releases SMB blueprint for defense and mitigation.
The Institute for Security and Technology’s Ransomware Task Force (RTF) released a blueprint for small and mid-sized enterprises to face ransomware Thursday, aiming to promote hygiene in less mature network environments. The RTF became a key resource in 2021 as governments started to take ransomware seriously as a homeland security problem. Its inaugural report, coincidentally released in April amid the chaos of Colonial Pipeline, offered recommendations for ransomware on geopolitical, federal, law enforcement, insurance and enterprise levels, and became a key document in crafting legislation. RTF sported an attractive multistakeholder membership ranging from security companies and insurers to highly targeted groups to governments and law enforcement at a time lawmakers were trying to understand the needs of the many players in the field.