Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Friday - 12/18/2009, 5:02pm EST
The Wall Street Journal reports today that senior U.S. military officers discussed the danger of Russia and China intercepting and doctoring video from drone aircraft in 2004, but the Pentagon didn't begin securing the signals until this year.
The newspaper reported yesterday that insurgents in Iraq had intercepted video feeds from drones, downloading unencrypted communications from the unmanned planes. Insurgents in Iraq used software that can be purchased for as little as $25.95 to regularly capture drone video feeds.
Military leaders discussed the potential security shortfall of drone feeds in 2004 and 2005, but at the time, Pentagon officials weren't concerned about adversaries intercepting those signals. The drones weren't widely used and militants weren't thought to be technically sophisticated.
Chris Painter, the White House acting senior director for cybersecurity, says the Obama administration isn't missing a step in tackling key information security challenges, even without a permanent cybersecurity coordinator.
"It's a mistake to think that without a coordinator we're not making progress," Painter told GovInfoSecurity.com after his presentation at the Federal Chief Information Officers Council's 2009 Federal Identity Management and Cybersecurity Conference on Tuesday. To conference attendees of federal infosec pros, Painter said: "I've been involved with cybersecurity for 20 years" - he prosecuted hacker Kevin Mitnick in the mid-1990s - "and I have never seen in my career so many people coming together with such a common purpose. It's very heartening to me, and we're making real substantial progress."
President Obama's Cyberspace Policy Review released in May outlined 10 near-term goals that the administration team has been addressing. The White House has established subcommittees to address those objectives that include enterprise architecture, civil liberties, education, international issues and research and development, Painter said.
Coordination, without a permanent cybersecurity coordinator, is well underway. Painter chairs weekly and biweekly meetings with key senior cybersecurity policymakers from various federal agencies, including those from Defense, Homeland Security and Justice departments to collaborate on cybersecurity. "We're dealing with all the agencies," he said. "This isn't an issue that will be resolved overnight. A coordinator will add a lot to this effort, but we're making progress on core issues. We're not sitting around."