Monday June 30, 2014

How Air Force One's Communications Are Kept Private

How do you keep Air Force One safe from prying eye / ears? That's easy, just ban the NSA from riding on the plane.

According to Col. Dean Clothier, the vice commander of the 688th Cyberspace Wing, the work of the 346th Test Squadron is just one element of his organization's broader work to ensure that vulnerabilities in the service's essential systems -- from physical infrastructure to water and power systems to radios and other communications equipment aboard airplanes -- are secure. Defending the cyber components of all Air Force infrastructure is the task of the 24th Air Force, and often that means trying to attack their own systems. "We look for vulnerabilities for cybersystems to be breached," Clothier said.