Cyberspace Security and Control System

Mission


The Cyberspace Security and Control System (CSCS) weapon system (WS) provides 24/7/365 Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) operations, management functions and enables key enterprise services within Air Force unclassified and classified networks.  It also supports defensive cyberspace operations (DCO) within those Air Force Networks.  

Background

The CSCS WS is operated by the 83d Network Operations Squadron (NOS), Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; 561 NOS, Peterson AFB, CO; 690 Cyberspace Operations Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC) 960 NOS, Peterson AFB, CO and 860 NOS, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; the Air National Guard’s (ANG) 299th Network Operations Security Squadron (NOSS), McConnell AFB, KS; and the 691 COS, Ramstein AB, Germany.

The CSCS WS baseline equipment is deployed to AFBs worldwide.  The CSCS WS resulted from an operational initiative to consolidate numerous Major Command (MAJCOM)-specific stove-piped networks into a centrally-managed and centrally controlled integrated network under three Integrated Network Operations and Security Centers (I-NOSC).  This idea evolved to include enterprise services and storage functions in the current CSCS WS baseline.  The CSCS WS provides worldwide DCO and DODIN Operations on AF NIPRNET and SIPRNET.

Features

The CSCS WS ensures the network is operational and fully capable, and it provides capabilities to provision, operate, protect, maintain and monitor the Air Force Network (AFNET) and Air Force Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (AFNET-S).  It also provides network application hosting and storage management. 

The CSCS WS has two major sub-components:

DODIN Operations and Management: performs DODIN operations and management activities designed to maintain and protect base-level operational networks.  The CSCS WS allows crews to monitor; identify and characterize anomalous activity;  respond to real-time network events; and take appropriate response actions when directed by HHQ.  The WS supports real-time filtering of network traffic into/out of Air Force base-level enclaves and blocking of suspicious software and external networks.  CSCS crews continuously coordinate with base-level Network Control Centers (NCC)/ Communications Focal Point (CFP).

Enterprise Services: provides network applications hosting and storage management within AF networks.  These functions include messaging and collaboration services; storage; directory and authentication services; and maintaining a secure, defended, and controlled environment for hosting network-based applications and systems supporting Air Force operational mission and business operations.

General Characteristics

Primary Function:  DODIN operations,  and DCO.
Crew Positions:  Cyberspace Crew Commander, Cyberspace Operations Controller, an Operations Flight Crew (conducting boundary, infrastructure, network defense, network focal point and vulnerability management functions) and an Enterprise Service Units (ESU) flight crew (providing messaging and collaboration, directory and authentication services, storage and virtualization management and monitoring management).  Mission support personnel augment all mission crews.
Joint Information Environment (JIE) Impacts:  As the Air Force transitions to the JIE, the CSCS WS will continue to evolve to accomplish DODIN operations and management.  The capabilities provided by Area Processing Centers (APC) will transition to installation processing nodes (IPN) and continue to be required.
Initial Operating Capability:  20 Oct 2014
Major Command:  Headquarters Air Force Space Command (HQ AFSPC)
Numbered Air Force:  24 AF
Hardware/Software:  Commercial off the shelf and government off the shelf hardware and software

Point of Contact:  HQ AFSPC Public Affairs Office, 150 Vandenberg Street, Suite 1105, Peterson AFB, CO 80914-4500, DSN 692-3731 or 719-554-3731, afspc.pam@us.af.mil

(Current as of Dec 2016)