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McAfee Threat Report February 2015This is the McAfee Threats Report February 2015 for review.  It highlights the massive mobile vulnerabilities that remain due to the SSL vulnerabilities.

About McAfee Labs McAfee Labs is one of the world’s leading sources for threat research, threat intelligence, and cybersecurity thought leadership. With data from millions of sensors across key threats vectors—file, web, message, and network—McAfee Labs delivers real-time threat intelligence, critical analysis, and expert thinking to improve protection and reduce risks.

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It is important to understand what is going on within our networks. The Equation Group Kaspersky Report February 2Equation Group Kaspersky Report February 2015015 is a very interesting read.

The Equation group is a highly sophisticated threat actor that has been engaged in multiple CNE (computer network exploitation) operations dating back to 2001, and perhaps as early as 1996. The Equation group uses multiple malware platforms, some of which surpass the well-known “Regin” threat in complexity and sophistication. The Equation group is probably one of the most sophisticated cyber attack groups in the world; and they are the most advanced McAfee Threat Report February 2015threat actor we have seen.

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Navy FY2016 Budget Highlights Book

Below is my personal quick summary of the Navy FY2016 Budget Highlights Book as it most pertains to those individuals in the Information Dominance Corps.

Strategic Guidance:

Protect the Homeland

  • Maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent
  • Fight terrorism through counter-terrorism/irregular warfare operations
  • Defend the homeland and provide support to civil authorities
  • Counter weapons of mass destruction

Build Security Globally

  • Provide a stabilizing presence across the globe
  • Conduct stability and counterinsurgency operations
  • Conduct humanitarian, disaster relief, and other operations

Project Power and Win Decisively

  • Defer and defeat aggression
  • Project power despite anti-access/area denial challenges
  • Operate effectively in space and cyberspace

Four key factors:

People

Platforms

Power

Partnerships


Cyber Resiliency:

To operate effectively in every mission, we invest in protection of our cyber networks. The Department has expanded previous investments in Operation Rolling Tide (ORT), which was primarily focused on tactical networks such as NGEN and CANES, to include combat and other control systems on tactical platforms. Task Force Cyber Awakening (TFCA) was established to provide a holistic view of cyber security across the Navy enterprise. Based on TFCA’s prioritizations of required capabilities to improve Navy’s cyber posture, the DoN added $300 million across the FYDP across a broad spectrum of programs. Together, ORT and TFCA efforts form the Cyber Resiliency Plan; investments made in this budget will lead to significant improvements in the DoN’s Cyber posture.

Bottom Line:

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) baseline budget submission of $161.0 billion for the Department of the Navy (DoN) is an increase of $1.5 billion (1%) from the FY16 value presented in last year’s budget. In a challenging fiscal environment, the DoN FY16 budget supports the priorities of the President’s Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG), as amplified by the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and the priorities of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps. The DoN can meet the mission areas outlined the DSG and QDR, but with risk. The Department prioritized investments to provide a credible, modern and safe strategic deterrent; global forward presence of combat ready forces; preserve the means to defeat one aggressor and simultaneously deny the objectives of a second; focus on critical afloat and ashore readiness and personnel; sustain asymmetrical advantages; and sustain a relevant industrial base.

The FY16 request for overseas contingency operations (OCO) continues to fund the incremental costs to sustain ongoing operational commitments, equipment/infrastructure repair, manpower, as well as equipment replacement. The FY16 DoN OCO request is $7.0 billion.

Highlights:

  • The budget request reflects a deployable battle forces of 282 ships in FY16, including 11 aircraft carriers, 31 amphibious ships, 87 large surface combatants, 22 small surface combatants, 4 guided missile submarines and 53 nuclear powered attack submarines. This battle force number reflects Congressional NDAA language on ship counting rules.
    • Fourteen battle force ships will be delivered in FY16: 1 Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN), 2 Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSN), 5 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), 2 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), 1 Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD), 2 Destroyers (DDG) and 1 Zumwalt-class Destroyer (DDG 1000).
    • Three Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSN) will be retired.
  • Ship procurement funds 9 new-construction ships in FY16 (2 SSNs, 2 DDG 51, 3 LCS, 1 LPD, and 1 T-AO(X)) and 48 ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP).
  • Aircraft procurement funds 124 airframes in FY16 and 492 airframes across the FYDP.
    • Major aviation procurement in FY16 includes: 13 F-35B/C, 5 E-2D, 16 P-8A, 2 KC-130J, 28 AH-1Z/UH-1Y, 19 MV-22, 29 MH-60R, and 12 UAV.
  • Military basic pay and civilian pay are increased by 1.3 percent.
  • This budget continues implementation of a streamlined reduction to Major Headquarters operating budgets, as well as continued initiatives begun with the FY15 budget to reduce acquisition costs.

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