Air Force Cyber Security and Control System

Mission

The Air Force Cyber Security and Control System (CSCS) weapon system is designed to provide 24/7 network operations and management functions and enable key enterprise services within Air Force unclassified and classified networks. This system also supports defensive operations within those Air Force networks. 

CSCS is operated by two Active Duty (AD) Network Operations Squadrons (NOS), one Air National Guard (ANG) Network Operations Security Squadron (NOSS) and two Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Associate NOSs aligned with the AD squadrons. The 83 NOS (AD) and 860 NOS (Reserve) are located at Langley AFB VA; the 561 NOS (AD) and 960 NOS (Reserve) are located at Peterson AFB CO; and the 299 NOSS (ANG) is located at McConnell AFB KS.  Support is also provided from 690 COS (AD) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI and 691 COS (AD) Ramstein AB, GE.  Additional support is received from 690 ISS (AD) and 690 NSS (AD) located at Joint Base San Antonio, TX.

Background

The CSCS resulted from an operational initiative to consolidate numerous MAJCOM-specific stove-piped networks into a centrally-managed and controlled network under three Integrated Network Operations and Security Centers (I-NOSCs). This concept evolved to include enterprise services and storage functions under Enterprise Service Units (ESU) and Area Processing Centers (APC). In 2007, the Air Force established two active duty NOSs to provide these functions. The ANG NOSS provides the same functions for ANG bases and units. CSCS was officially designated by Air Force Chief of Staff in March 2013. 


Features

The CSCS weapon system includes the I-NOSC, ESU, APC and Regional Data Centers (RDC) functions. CSCS performs network operations and fault resolution activities designed to maintain operational networks. CSCS crews monitor, assess and respond to real-time network events; identify and characterize anomalous activity; and take appropriate response actions, when directed by HHQ. The system supports real-time filtering of network traffic into/out of Air Force base-level enclaves and blocks suspicious software. CSCS crews continuously coordinate with base-level Network Control Centers (NCC)/Communications Focal Points (CFP) to resolve network issues. Additional key capabilities include vulnerability identification and remediation, as well as control and security of network traffic entering and exiting Air Force base-level network enclaves. CSCS also provides AF enterprise services to include messaging and collaboration services, storage, and controlled environments for hosting network-based systems supporting Air Force missions.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: AF Information Network operations and proactive defense.

Crew Positions: One Cyberspace Crew Commander, one Cyberspace Operations Controller, an Operations Flight Crew (conducting boundary, infrastructure, network defense, network focal point and vulnerability management functions) and an ESU flight crew (providing messaging and collaboration, directory and authentication services, storage and virtualization management and monitoring management). All mission crews are supported by mission support personnel.

Inventory: Three

Major Command: Headquarters Air Force Space Command (HQ AFSPC)

Numbered Air Force: 24 AF

(Current as of Dec 2016)