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Air Force Aims to Tighten Infrastructure Security Against Cyber Warfare

Air Force logoAir Force Cyber and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center have joined forces to improve the industrial control systems that support the Air Force’s infrastructure, Defense Systems said Monday.

Joey Cheng writes that cyberattacks could be used in the future as a weapon to weaken the warfare capabilities of a nation.

ICS is a term used to describe certain control systems like supervisory control and data acquisition systems that are often used to automate physical industrial processes such as oil and gas or electrical and transportation processes.

“Protecting ICS within the Air Force is a component of our line of effort to defend the Air Force information network and other key mission systems. Partnering with the civil engineering community enables us to do that much more effectively,” said Maj. Gen. James K. McLaughlin, the 24th Air Force and AFCYBER commander.

By collaborating with one another, the AFCEC and AFCYBER will aim to develop a software program to monitor, detect and restore ICS, Defense Systems said.

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