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Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN): A Study of Current Cyber Threats and Best Practices for Network Security

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Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The Department of Defense Information Network DODIN is being threatened by state actors, non-state actors, and continuous hacking and cyber-attacks. These threats against the network come in a variety of forms physical attacks from radio jamming, logical cyber threats from hacking, or a combination of both physical and logical attacks. Each year the number of hacking attacks is increasing. Corporations like Symantec publish annual reports on cyber threats and provide tips for best practices to defend against cyber-attacks. Military doctrine provides tactics, techniques and procedures for countering electronic warfare attacks. The MITRE Corporation maintains the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE List of defined viruses and makes the information publicly available so that security professionals can collaborate in building more secure networks. A literature review of recent hacking attacks, physical cyber threats, and mixed attacks provides historical context of the current cyber threat. Review of best practices for network security and protection against electronic warfare provides tools for Signal Officers to implement in their networks. Finally, by analyzing the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE List for virus trends the researcher provides a current benchmark of the security threats through January 2016 in order to plan for future network defense measures.

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