The Air Force Reserve's
"At AFCEA, we have the opportunity to show how our job in the 14th TS is about cyber security," the squadron's technical director said. "We get to see if anybody has issues with their IT configuration, ensuring it's done right. Our demonstration is a simple way to show that if something is not configured correctly, like a WPA encryption, then it can be cracked."
WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a type of web encryption used in wireless Internet and routers to ensure secure access.
The squadron showcased the use of a "Cantenna," an amateur device that, when pieced together with other off-the-shelf electronics, can connect with Wi-Fi signals sometimes blocks away. Squadron members also showcased their ability to determine vulnerabilities with existing wireless routers owned by other 14th TS members.
"When you think about cyber and IT, this symposium is really an opportunity to keep up with what industry is doing and leverage it," Mooney said. "We bring government and industry together in an ethical forum. When it comes to IT, there are synergies to be had. You can automate things, you can integrate better or even make up for the loss of manpower. It really is a beneficial forum for the entire
Mooney pointed out the CYBERPSACE symposium will continue to grow during the next five years.
"Even though the government has pushed away from conferences, ours grew in 2013. While others are scaling back, ours is growing," he said. "There is a growing dependence on IT and cyber to do all our missions and it will only have an increasing role. We're getting this symposium through these tough budget years and we're doing everything we can to keep it alive. As all our missions depend more on these capabilities, we'll be ready."
The symposium, which garnered more than 12,000 visitors and was held at the well-known
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