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DCOI ATC (Air Traffic Control) Cyber Security Panel – “GHOST ATTACK”

Workshop Managers:
Paul De Souza CSFI & Daniel Cohen INSS

ATC Cyber Security Panel DCOI

Chuck Brooks, Innovation, Technology, Homeland Security, Government Relations Tim Evans, Senior Advisor, Cyber Strategy & Policy; Johns Hopkins University  Ira Hoffman, Law and Policy Expert, Offit Kurman Attorney at Law R. Admiral (ret.) Norman Hayes, Former Director of Intelligence, EUCOM (J-2)

 Panelists: Chuck Brooks, Innovation, Technology, Homeland Security, Government Relations
Tim Evans, Senior Advisor, Cyber Strategy & Policy; Johns Hopkins University
Ira Hoffman, Law and Policy Expert, Offit Kurman Attorney at Law
R. Admiral (ret.) Norman Hayes, Former Director of Intelligence, EUCOM (J-2)

ATC (Air Traffic Control) Cyber Security Workshop – Ghost Attack

ATC Workshop Audience at George Washington University

ATC Workshop Audience at George Washington University

In this CSFI-INSS workshop, a scenario covering an ATC cyber-attack were presented and discussed by a panel of experts.

Richard Nelson Chief Software Systems Engineer, SAIC Col. (ret) Robert Morris Former Director AFCYBER/ACCE, Commander 67th Network Warfare Group; CSFI Principal - Cyber Operations, Science Applications International Corporation, SAIC Jason Lawless, FBI Etay Maor Fraud Prevention Solution Manager, Trusteer – IBM

Panelists: Richard Nelson
Chief Software Systems Engineer, SAIC
Col. (ret) Robert Morris
Former Director AFCYBER/ACCE,
Commander 67th Network Warfare Group; CSFI Principal – Cyber Operations, Science Applications International Corporation, SAIC
Jason Lawless, FBI
Etay Maor
Fraud Prevention Solution Manager, Trusteer – IBM

Russian Bomber

Russian Bomber (picture from the video scenario)

Synopsis of scenario: A second-tier county is able to remotely control system operations of a laptop, which has been set up with ATC spoofing software and affiliated hardware by an inside operative in the US. The transponder system is configured to broadcast codes known to be used by Russian technology to make it appear that the cyber-attack came from Russia, in order to create political gain by increasing tension between the US and Russia.

Ghost Attack (injection of military aircraft through cyber means)

Ghost Attack (injection of military aircraft through cyber means) Picture from the actual video scenario

Etay Maor, Fraud Prevention Solution Manager, Trusteer - IBM Bill Brennan, Senior Manager, Global Cyber Practice, Lockheed Martin

Panelists: Etay Maor, Fraud Prevention Solution Manager, Trusteer – IBM
Bill Brennan, Senior Manager, Global Cyber Practice, Lockheed Martin

The panelists were opened to questions from the audience, and a moderator led the workshop exercise. The ability to compromise ATC towers through cyber means is a reality, and this special workshop has the ability to create the dialogue needed to create awareness and educate cyber security professionals interested in safeguarding critical infrastructure.

Chuck Brooks, Innovation, Technology, Homeland Security, Government Relations Richard Nelson, Chief Software Systems Engineer, SAIC

Chuck Brooks, Innovation, Technology, Homeland Security, Government Relations
Richard Nelson, Chief Software Systems Engineer, SAIC

ATC Panel Moderator: Ms. Connie Peterson Uthoff Assistant Program Dir. Cyber Academy, GW University

ATC Panel Moderator: Ms. Connie Peterson Uthoff
Assistant Program Dir. Cyber Academy, GW University

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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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