MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE – The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented new safety instructions regarding the use of UAVs over national security facilities.

Namely, unmanned aircraft are prohibited from conducting air operations in certain airspace associated with Malmstrom Air Base. These protected areas include missile warning facilities, launch facilities and the Malmstrom Air Base itself.

Drones are also prohibited when military convoys operate.

Restrictions are in place at all times.

Violations may result in the revocation of FAA certificates and authorizations, civil penalties and criminal charges.

For more information or questions, contact the FAA at (844) 359-6982.

400,000 Montañais were victims of cyber-violations last year

BOZEMAN – More than 412,000 Montanais, or nearly 40% of the population, were victims of computer attacks that revealed data last year.

This comes from 314 organizations hacked into attacks that lasted an average of 82 days, according to data analyzed by Pine Cove Consulting, a Bozeman-based computer consulting firm.

"You often hear about major computer breaches such as Equifax, Marriott Hotels and Cambridge Analytica," said Brandon Vancleeve of Pine Cove in a press release. "What you do not hear as much about it is the cyber attacks that attack Montana organizations and bankrupt many of them while unveiling the customer data they serve." . "

The data should serve as a warning to consumers and businesses of the risks of cyberattacks, Vancleeve said.

According to Pine Cove, three of the ten most damaging cyberattacks occurred in Great Falls, Bozeman and Columbia Falls.

Malmstrom speakers available

In the other news from the base, the speakers bureau program is launched again.

"We look forward to providing the community with speakers for their meetings and events to inform our local community of the Wing's mission and contribution to national defense," said Mike Whetston, Public Affairs Officer. at Malmstrom in a press release.

Schools, municipal clubs, businesses and community organizations of the 13,800 square kilometer (Malmstrom) missile complex may request interventions.

Speakers will explain the mission and contributions to the community and will be able to focus on engineering, family support, workplace safety, security, operations in space, etc.

"Having a Malmstrom speaker is a great way to get to know the base, and of course we hope the community will attend our open house on July 13 and 14 to learn more," said Whetston.

Groups requesting a speaker should send an e-mail to the Public Affairs Office at 341MWPA@us.af.mil at least 30 days before the requested date, indicating at least the following information: (1) date, (2) hour , (3) organization, (4) event, (5) subject, (6) format and (7) contact name, phone and email address.