Suzanne Vautrinot: Air Force Cybercom Plays Defense for Info Advantage

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The Air Force’s cyber command operates with the same mission-focus as any other command of the force, Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot said this week, according to an Air Force release.

Vautrinot serves as head of the 24th Air Force and the branch’s cyber air component to cyber command.

The 24th Air Force is responsible for defending, operating and maintaining the Air Force’s networks.

The cyber wing conducts full-spectrum operations in cyberspace, Vautrinot told National Space Symposium attendees in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

The cyber spectrum includes offensive and defensive measures as well as collaboration with the U.S. Cyber Command to executive their missions, she added. 

Cyber defense aids military operatives in field to maintain the information advantage and get in front before a play can form, she said. 

Vautrinot said the game plan begins with defensive forensics, like reviewing game tapes before a sports game. 

This method allows the force to predict what the next step may look like and automatically adjust in real-cyber time.

Vautrinot said cyber defense is about applying knowledge across all possibilities of how a network can be compromised and then using that ability to one’s own advantage and to the enemy’s disadvantage. 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Deputy Director Ken Gabriel previously said that his agency plans to develop cyber offensive capabilities through research and development programs. 

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