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    Cyber Dependency Analysis Project: 1st step toward creating Mission Assurance Program at 363 ISRW

    Cyber Dependency Analysis Project: 1st step toward creating Mission Assurance Program at 363 ISRW

    Photo By Tech. Sgt. Anthony Hyatt | 363d Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing Systems and Communication...... read more read more



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Hyatt 

    363rd ISR Wing

    Cyberspace is the domain where all our personal and work lives exist these days, and Air Force missions are no exception to this case. This domain is made up interconnecting networks of fiberoptics, routers, switches and computer-systems that are split between interdependent enclaves governed by different taxonomies and authorities.

    For example, tenant mission-partners are often highly dependent on the host-base's Base Area Network (BAN), and BANs are highly dependent on the Air Force and Defense Information System Agency’s (DISA) networks.

    The 363d Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing’s Systems and Communications (SC) directorate in coordination with 16th Air Force, and HQ Air Combat Command has initiated a Cyber Dependency Analysis for wing’s world-wide operating locations.

    “There’s an old adage – ‘We don’t know what we don’t know’,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Gardner, 363 ISRW SC Mission Assurance superintendent. “The Cyber Dependency Analysis bridges that knowledge gap between what we do know and what we don’t know.”

    According to Mr. Jerome Sye, 363d ISRW/SC Operations chief, the 688th Cyber Wing, 38th Engineering Squadron is supporting this study through engineering-teams visits at each of 363 ISRW’s operating location, working with the base Communication Squadrons, and providing deliverables such as cyber terrain map, throughput analyses, and identification of single-points-of-failure and/or bottlenecks. Joint Base Langley-Eustis is the first location to initiate this study, and will be followed by Nellis AFB, Nevada and Hurburt Field, Fla. in October and November respectively.

    “This Cyber Dependency Analysis is the first step toward establishing a Mission Assurance program for the Wing, which is a focus on the protection, continued function, and resilience of capabilities and assets critical to supporting mission-essential functions,” said Gardner.

    The data will assist 363 ISRW with risk analyses and provide critical details for articulating its needs to base comm squadrons and Cyber System Integrators (CSIs) at the MAJCOMs.

    “Cyber security is the process of protecting information by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks whereas cyber defense is the synchronized, real-time capability to discover, detect, analyze, and mitigate threats and vulnerabilities,” Gardner said. “Cyber security tends to be passive in nature and is policy-driven, whereas cyber defense is active in nature and is tools/skills-driven.”



    Date Taken: 09.30.2022
    Date Posted: 09.30.2022 08:24
    Story ID: 430455

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