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Washington, DC, February 29, 2012 - Today’s rainy weather did not dampen the spirits
of National Defense University (NDU) iCollege faculty, staff, and students as they
listened to Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle, Jr., USMC, Deputy Commander of US Cyber Command as he spoke during an unclassified lecture for the school’s
Distinguished Lecture Program (DLP).
LtGen Schmidle relayed to the audience that there is constant work being done to “Defend and protect the networks, look for malware to stop infiltration, and
block suspicious devices from bring systems down. We’re watching nation states
and ‘hacktivists’ all of the time.” He said when it comes to email traffic it is important
to “look and watch for behavior that does not fit the norm – if it looks strange, don’t open
it, and do delete it.”
LtGen Schmidle talked about three main cyber threats:
1) Exploitation (spying),
2) Disruption / Denial of Service,
3) Protecting critical infrastructure networks/SCADA.
In his closing remarks he addressed what it means to be a cyber leader and what he believes the government needs to do to grow leaders for the future. His message
included, “As leaders, we don’t lose sight of who we’re trying to influence, and what
we’re aiming to achieve. We must think operationally, tactically, and strategically.
Add cyber into the equation and everything we do is at a greater speed… nano-seconds.
Today, things happen fast, and the notion of time to accomplish everything we want to do
is a constant. We need to think of how technology can be used to give us back time for
strategizing and reflecting. LtGen Schmidle took several questions from the audience to
end the session.
The NDU iCollege hosts DLPs to provide continuing education for faculty/staff
and outside, expert perspectives for its students. Please visit the college’s website
(www.ndu.edu/icollege) to learn more about its Cyber and other programs.