MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Cyber security was THE talker Tuesday on the second day of the Air Force IT conference in Montgomery. This was not an event where vendors and military personnel exchanged classified secrets but better ways to protect our country from cyberspace attacks.
Sandy Morris' company makes the rugged military laptop computers and they look every bit of it.
"In any number of environments where you have to go your water or groundwater, cold temperatures and sand," said Morris who works for the Miltope Corporation.
Morris is among the 150 or so vendors at the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference which happens to be the largest event for the Air Force this year.
"Your normal personal computer you would use in your daily environment, the military needs them but needs them in tactical applications and very nasty environments," Morris said.
Throughout the three-day conference, you'll find military personnel of all stripes entering the brave world of cyber security.
"And so what we're doing as a community and bringing all those partners together with the city, the county, the state and commercial entities to innovate and look at new concepts and new ideas on how we can solve problems both for the Department of Defense and commercial," said Joe Greene, vice president of Military and Innovative Strategies for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.
Although the internet is decades old, it is still relatively new particularly in the area of defending America from cyber attacks.
"It's important not just for the Department of Defense. Obviously they want to protect the data and protect the nation but also the average person," said Greene.
Protecting the country and you with ideas flying around at the Air Force conference.
The three-day event ends tomorrow. The conference is back for the second year in a row after federal budget cuts put the IT conference on hiatus for four years.