Senator Rick Santorum, Darin Brannan, Major General Dave Scott and Mike Lohner Joined @RISK …

Senator Santorum has dedicated his career to grass roots efforts and championing the causes of the working class and Main Street USA. As a US Senator, he led efforts to counter the threat of radical Islam, protect victims of religious persecution, and promote democracy and religious liberty around the world. In addition to his advocacy for the right of Privacy and better cyber technologies, the Senator brings a unique understanding of cybersecurity policy and regulation from serving on the Senate Arms Committee and other National Policy positions.

Darin Brannan is a lifelong technology entrepreneur who founded several successful companies including Verio and, one of the largest data aggregation enterprises in the world. In 2011, he co-founded ClearDATA, the leading cloud platform & managed services company in healthcare. Mr. Brannan’s combined experience as an entrepreneur, public company executive, and venture capitalist provides the @RISK board with invaluable insight into funding, investing, resource optimization and creating a world class market leader.

Major General Scott (USAF Retired) is a Career Combat Rated Leader offering a unique perspective on asymmetric warfare and situational awareness, and its applicability to the fifth domain of warfare – cyber. MG Scott’s deep expertise in national defense intelligence planning and operations, as well as relationships with the global defense and intelligence communities, will greatly benefit @RISK in developing a holistic view of cybersecurity across the globe. Scott also provides leadership for strategic planning, identifying emerging trends, operational excellence, and cross eco-system cooperation.

Mike Lohner, served as the Chief Executive Officer for Stella & Dot, Home Interiors & Gifts, and Eagle Golf. A Stanford Business School graduate, Mr. Lohner leveraged his executive expertise and commercial success becoming a full-time start-up investor and advisor. He provides @RISK with direction on market development, rapid growth, expense management and other related challenges that technology start-ups face.

About: @RISK Technologies, Inc. is a Network Consensus SaaS company providing global organizations with Cyber Situational Awareness enabled through a Privacy-By-Design RoadMap. @RISK’s InVictus platform, leveraging IBM Watson, provides a real-time, quantified approach for managing enterprise wide cybersecurity, threat protection and prediction, compliance and risk.

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Russia Is Continuing Its Cyberattack on America Right Now

Vladimir Putin vacationing in Siberia in early August.Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, via AP

President Donald Trump trashed the Russia investigation once again last week at a rally in West Virginia, saying that “there were no Russians in our campaign” and denouncing “a total fabrication” to enthralled supporters. “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania?” he asked mockingly. “Are there any Russians here tonight? Any Russians?”

There may well have been, for anyone in the crowd scrolling through a smartphone.

As Trump spoke, Russian-linked social-media networks were busy attacking Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, using the same type of digital operations that the Kremlin deployed against the 2016 presidential election. Russian-linked Twitter accounts had for days been piling onto a growing campaign by the so-called alt-right to purge Trump’s national security adviser—who is viewed by some of the president’s base as a “globalist tool” and a threat to their hardline nationalist agenda. Meanwhile, recent content from Russian state media RT and Sputnik has included stories such as “What’s Behind Trump’s Striking Back at Washington’s ‘Russophobes’”—a piece that went on at length about McMaster “falling out of favor with Trump.”

Some of Russia’s digital efforts to continue to disrupt and influence US politics are now more in the open, thanks to “Hamilton 68,” a new dashboard tracing Russian-linked information warfare on Twitter. A project of the nonpartisan Alliance for Securing Democracy, Hamilton tracks 600 accounts in real time, analyzing “a network of accounts linked to and participating in Russian influence campaigns,” according to the site.

The dashboard tracker shows that #FireMcMaster became a top trending hashtag on their global list last week. As the New York Timesreported Friday, the #FireMcMaster hashtag was tweeted more than 50,000 times in the previous 48 hours. “Echoing the drumbeat were social media organs tied to the Russian government,” the Times said. The dashboard also shows that each day the Russian-led effort delivered some 20,000 to 25,000 McMaster-related tweets overall.

“Here’s what #Putin wants Americans talking about,” tweeted former FBI agent Clint Watts, one of the cyber warfare experts behind the project.

How did the campaign start? Hamilton 68 engineer J.M. Berger told Mother Jones, “It appears that the #FireMcMaster hashtag campaign may have originated on Reddit, and users there took it to Twitter and directed it to prominent alt-right figures until it began to trend. At some point in this process, the Russian influence networks picked up on it and began to amplify it as well.”

“The Knives are Coming Out for H.L. McMaster,” is the way Business Insider described the spreading alt-right campaign on Friday, amid a fresh round of McMaster-bashing stories from Breitbart News and others. “Allies of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon intensified their battle against national security adviser H.R. McMaster this week as McMaster began asserting more control over the National Security Council and fired officials appointed by his immediate predecessor, Michael Flynn.”

The Russians likely were happier when Flynn was running the NSC for Trump and cultivating friendly ties with departing Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, who appears to be no fan of Hamilton 68. According to a story in Sputnik on Saturday, Kislyak said he was “surprised” by the effort. “A tool after tool is being created to counter RT and Sputnik that have become regarded as almost a threat of a hybrid invasion in many countries,” he said.

The Kremlin’s M.O. is also to work the active fault lines in US politics. Faced with the rising social-media campaign against his national security adviser, Trump late last week sought to tamp down speculation of an imminent firing: “General McMaster and I are working very well together,” he said in a statement to the New York Times. “He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”

Meanwhile, another campaign picked up by the Russians this week has been a surge in the use of the #ResignPaulRyan hashtag, again echoing pressure from the nationalist base against the speaker of the House to be more compliant with Trump’s agenda. Other trending topics spotlighted by the tracker include Russian-linked promotion of Trump TV, a new “real news” video series produced in Trump Tower that the Washington Post says “feels a lot like real propaganda—or state TV.”

Though the provenance of the war on McMaster may ultimately remain murky, the bottom line is that the alt-right (whose current rallying cries include “bring back Michael Flynn”) and the Russians are both engaged in an active campaign to get rid of the current national security adviser. But even if that doesn’t come to pass, the political intrigue and infighting involved contributes to the Trump administration’s turmoil, in part by exacerbating uncertainty among US allies about American leadership on national security matters. That is in Russia’s keen interest, and they will keep at it—even as Trump, as he did again on Monday, keeps calling the whole thing a hoax.


Hundreds attend TechNet to talk about all things cyber

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Cyber continues to grow in Augusta, at Fort Gordon, in Downtown Augusta and even in our Schools and more people are getting involved in the emerging topic.

TechNet is one of the largest cyber-related events in our area. It is being held at the Augusta Marriott from Tuesday, August 8th to Thursday, August 10th. Hundreds have been attending the technology conference to learn more about the growing field in our area.

The three day event is a chance for Military professionals to network with innovators and potential partners interested in cyber security. There are various work sessions, activities, and speaker presentations to learn more about cyberspace, electronic war-fare and intelligence.

Unisys and Augusta University are just two of the 220 companies on the exhibitors list.

Mayor Hardie Davis spoke at the welcome ceremony on Tuesday. He said Augusta is usually known for James Brown and The Masters, but our city is also starting to be known for cyber.

“We have gone from an economy that historically has been known as a three M economy: medicine, manufacture, and military. To truly becoming an economy of innovation and technology,” Mayor Davis said.

The cyber field continues to create thousands of jobs. A recent analysis by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, reports more 9,6000 technology jobs were created in July.

Big plans have also been discussed at this years conference, like a new doctrine the army will use for fighting cyberspace and electronic warfare.

The Commanding General for the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon Major General John B. Morrison said cyber security has grown tremendously since last year’s TechNet, and this is only the beginning.

“Last year we were training basically lieutenants in cyber. Today we are training officers, war officers, and this afternoon we graduated our first enlisted course,” Major General Morrison said.

He said they can’t do this alone though. They need industry partners to help cyber security grow.

The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will play a big part in our cyber community. Construction is expected to be finished by July of 2018.


Russia Eyes Europe’s Vulnerable Edges

Central and Southern Europe: Splitting the Continent in Half

Though countries in Central and Southern Europe lack the sizable ethnic Russian communities of the Baltic states, their distance from Russia gives Moscow more room to politically maneuver within their borders. Most depend heavily on Russian energy and have no territorial disputes with Russia, which has subdued any fears of overt invasion by the Kremlin’s troops. With the exception of Poland (which borders the Kaliningrad exclave) and Romania (which competes with Russia for influence in Moldova), Central and Southern European countries tend to take a pragmatic stance toward ties with Moscow.

Moscow, in turn, has tried to use these states’ practicality to drive a wedge between EU members on a number of issues, including the bloc’s sanctions against Russia. The Kremlin has used the promise of building pipelines such as South Stream and Nord Stream II, which run through Europe, to show that it still has allies on the Continent, adding to the support it has already received from friendly governments in Hungary, Greece and Italy that have called for the sanctions against Russia to be lifted. Those calls have gone unanswered, however, because the United States and Germany keep pressure on the Continental bloc to maintain its united front against Russia.

But doing so may be difficult as Moscow props up anti-EU and far-right entities in Central and Southern Europe. Parties including Italy’s Five Star Movement, Hungary’s Jobbik party and Poland’s Change party routinely challenge the status quo when it comes to Western institutions, and Russia eagerly encourages their behavior, regardless of whether they rise to power or not. Meanwhile, Moscow continues to launch cyberattacks against what it perceives to be unfriendly governments in the region — a recent attack targeted the Polish Foreign Ministry. Furthermore, dozens of Russia-leaning outlets have published propaganda blaming the United States for the Syrian civil war and the European refugee crisis.

The Balkans: Offering Carrots and Sticks

The Balkans present Russia with a good opportunity to widen rifts in the West, too. In certain countries, Moscow has taken a more amicable approach, granting concessions, economic aid and energy discounts to friendlier states such as Serbia. Moscow has even established closer military cooperation with Belgrade by supplying weapons and setting up a joint “humanitarian center,” which many believe to be an outpost for Russian spies. The Kremlin plans to build a similar center in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska.

Russia’s relationships with EU and NATO members in the Balkans — or countries hoping to someday become them — have not been nearly so chummy. For instance, before Montenegro finalized its NATO ascension last year, Russia reportedly planned and backed a coup attempt against the government in Podgorica in a last-ditch effort to block the integration process. Moscow has likewise given tacit support to anti-Albanian movements in Macedonia — another NATO hopeful — and has spread rumors intended to deepen suspicions of NATO members’ intentions within and outside of the alliance.


Cyber Warfare Research Topics

Pentagon Studies Weapons That Can Read Users’ Mind

July 14, 2017 –Breaking Defense

As artificially intelligent drones, hacking, jamming, and missiles accelerate the pace of combat, some of the military’s leading scientists are studying how mere humans can keep up with the incredible speed of cyber warfare, missiles and other threats…