CNF’s principals were pioneers in the cyber operations business, instrumental in the stand-up of the Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC), the establishment and technical leadership of the Air Force Information Warfare Battlelab, founding members of the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT) and the first Veterans Affiars Computer Incident Response Center (CIRC), and have more than century of combined experience in the Air Force, NSA and industry. In the early 90s, they led the development and deployment of a global network monitoring capability for detecting malicious activities across AF networks. This capability is still in use today at over 100 locations. In 1993, they led the development and implementation of a remote on-line vulnerability scanning capability that identified vulnerable AF systems connected to the Internet. In 1999, one of the principals was hand selected to be the first Technical Director of NSA’s Defensive Information Operations Group, and then in 2000 the Technical Director of the jointly sanctioned DoD and Intelligence Community Information Operations Technology Center. In 2002, CNF principals led the efforts to establish the Computer Incident Response Center and the Network Security Operations Center for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
All the principals have significant experience in information assurance, network defense, intrusion detection, vulnerability assessments, patch management, incident response, and forensic analysis. They have extensive expertise evaluating and integrating emerging technologies; designing secure architectures; rapid prototyping; and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. They have the knowledge, experience, and skills that directly contribute to the success of the CNF.