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Topic: Information Warfare: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Mikhael Felker

Mikhael Felker, CISSP-ISSEP has worked in a variety of roles including instructor, engineer, and researcher. He is currently employed by The Aerospace Corporation in the Information Assurance Technology Department, supporting Information Assurance (IA) for satellite systems. He is also an Instructor within the Computer & Information Systems Division at UCLA Extension, teaching a course in networking. Actively involved in the Los Angeles security community, he is the Education Director for Los Angeles Chapter of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), member and speaker of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and former Defense Sector Coordinator for InfraGard. Mikhael has published articles in IEEE Security & Privacy, the ISSA Journal, Information Systems Control Journal, and SecurityFocus. He is a recipient of the Scholarship for Service Program (SFS) Fellowship, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mikhael completed his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University with a Master's in Information Security Policy & Management and Bachelor's at UCLA in Computer Science. He holds over 10 certifications in IT and Security.

Abstract: Information Warfare: Past, Present and Future

Information warfare is the composite use of psychological operations (PYOPS), military deception (MILDEC), operational security (OPSEC), computer network operations (CNO), and electronic warfare (EW) to control and disrupt information flow. Recently, interest in information war technologies, techniques and policy issues have increased, especially in the domain of CNO. Increased scrutiny over network operations is both legitimate and valid, as global commerce and military powers are integrated and dependent on the Internet for critical operations. This presentation will describe the five domains of information warfare, the past use of information warfare in the Gulf war and recent Cyber attacks on the Eastern European countries of Georgia and Estonia. Information will be presented on possible new directions of information warfare.