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Kevin Coleman

Digital Conflict

By Kevin Coleman

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Modern tradecraft moves in parallel with cyber operations

The demands on today’s clandestine assets require unique training, education, and skill sets that must be continuously refreshed in order to stay up-to-date with the latest tradecraft, especially when it comes to cyber operations.

A common misunderstanding is that the skill set and operational domain of today’s spy resides in the physical world. Another misconception is that the operational environment of today’s cyber spies  is confined to an office cubicle seated in front of a computer. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM0 comments

Needed: A succession plan for the next generation of cyber defenders

Among the most popular cyber topics on Twitter recently were posts about cyber training and the skills required to be an effective cyber leader. 

In response I received multiple emails about cyber training in the corporate environment. When you take into account the amount of critical infrastructure owned and/or operated by the U.S. defense industry, the issue of cyber training is clearly emerging as a central issue..


Posted on Aug 08, 2013 at 6:08 AM0 comments

The New CIA: Cyber Intelligence Agency

Cyber defense is gradually moving from a reactive to a proactive posture. Many observers have recognized this is absolutely required if we are to properly defend the massive information infrastructure that we have become so dependent on.

One question that comes up repeatedly is the growing need for cyber intelligence. Most organizations, besides those in the government/military intelligence community, concentrate on vulnerabilities and recently unleashed malware as a form of cyber intelligence. 


Posted on Aug 01, 2013 at 10:24 AM0 comments

Securing our satellites before they are launched

We depend on our space assets much more than most people realize. Television, radio, cell phone, long-distance calling and navigation are the most commonly known services that rely on our satellites. Other common applications are the environmental monitoring and weather-monitoring capabilities that help farmers and alert all of us about severe weather. These assets are expensive, with some satellites costing more than $250 million. Typically, these complex systems have an operational life expectancy of 10 to15 years.


Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 6:21 AM1 comments

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