OSINT-y Goodness, №15 — CSIAC
This website has a LOT going on, so consider this a brief overview and not an in-depth blog post about CSIAC.org — the Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center website/portal. I’m just going to highlight a few things that I think are great features of this site. Take time to explore it yourself!
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (aka the DoD), therefore there are many acronyms along with military and/or government references that can be confusing. As far as the design of the site goes, it is very wordy! There’s a lot to take in.
Searching the CSIAC site. They have lots of information here. I’m just going to point out some of the ones I liked the best!
The resources section is chock full of interesting free things! Take advantage of the learning materials like the free webinars. Here’s a sample of one such webinar:
(2) Featured Content
What I like about the featured content section is that it’s an easy way to see the highlights from the site. They curate for you what they want to feature and everything is there for you in one click. The slides from the cyberlaw presentation seem like they would be really interesting and not something I would have thought of on my own to look for. So, having curated sections like this on websites is helpful to point out the information you may miss on your own.
(3) CSIAC Journal
All of the issues of this journal can be found here. It appears to be free to subscribe if you are logged into the website, which requires registration. I did not register for this site, so I did not see the journal subscription information unlocked for me.
Description of the journal, from the website: The Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems is a quarterly journal focusing on scientific and technical research & development, methods and processes, policies and standards, security, reliability, quality, and lessons learned case histories.
What’s good about this journal is that it’s a source for more technical cybersecurity articles, that can be difficult to find sometimes in the general media and through the usual OSINT research techniques. This publication does accept proposals, so check out their Call for Paper for Publication section if you’d like to write for them.
CSIAC has five online groups you can join and interact with people.
- Modeling & Simulation
- Software Intensive Systems Engineering
- Knowledge Management & Information Sharing
- Cyber COI (Department of Defense Community of Interest)
The first four are public groups, with the last one being private. Register for free on the site in order to participate in the groups and receive emails with their updates and publications.
From the podcast section of the CSIAC website: The CSIAC Podcast features discussions with Subject Matter Experts on emerging topics in the fields of cybersecurity, modeling and simulation, software engineering and knowledge management. One-on-one and round-table discussions are held to provide insight into highly technical topics and increase user awareness.
The CSIAC produces a lot of audio and video content. Strangely, most of it is housed on the part of their site called “podcasts” although most of it are webinars, videos, and other multi-media presentations. You can find that collection here.
In closing, the CSIAC site has a lot of useful technical cybersecurity information that really could be better organized. Hopefully, my guide will help you better utilize the site.
They do not appear to be on social media. They can be contacted via phone, snail mail, or email. The site is csiac.org and be sure to check it out!