Department of Defense weapon systems have become increasingly sophisticated and technologically advanced. The intricacies associated with advanced technology, however, introduce complexity that makes it difficult to discern vulnerabilities that may exist due to underlying functionality, interconnections, associated subsystems and weaknesses in hardware/software. Although Department of Defense operations are dependent on proper functionality and the integrity of weapon systems, there is a lack of understanding concerning associated cyber-based threats.
This course is designed to introduce students to the threats that exists for DoD weapon systems and provides the foundation for developing mitigation strategies. The course utilizes real-world examples to walk students through how an attacker can exploit weapon systems via subcomponents and supporting infrastructure. Students will learn the fundamentals of cyber security as applied to DoD weapon systems along with supply chain risks, system weaknesses, operational implications and how an adversary can target weapon systems.
An understanding of the concepts discussed in this class is critical for anyone involved in the design, test, evaluation, assessment, command and/or operation of DoD weapon systems. Students will gain insight into the threats associated with the critical systems and learn how to apply the concepts in order to reduce an adversary’s capabilities to impact military operations. This course serves as the foundation for anyone interested in cyber security for DoD weapon systems.