Threat Intelligence, Network Security

U.S. Air Force cyberspace weapon first to reach full operational status

The U.S. Air Force now boasts the first-ever cyberspaceweapon system to reach Full Operational Capability status, the military branchannounced earlier this week.

The Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) Weapon System becamefully operational as of Jan. 7, 2016, serving as a formidable first line ofdefense against suspicious traffic flowing through the Air Force InformationNetwork.

The system, operated by the 26th Network Operations Squadronin Montgomery, Ala., was designed to control the flow of all external andinter-base traffic through standard, centrally managed gateways. More than one million Air Force users at 237 sites worldwide can leverage the system fordefensive intelligence gathering, cyberspace surveillance and reconnaissance,interdiction and security.

The new system consolidates what was once over 100regionally managed, disparate network entry points into 16 centrally managed accesspoints for traffic, an Air Force release stated.

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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