You Are the First Line of Defense
Cyberspace operations are critical to our Nation and the Army’s mission. Securing cyberspace is a 24/7 responsibility. By dedicating ourselves to increased online security we help stay Army Strong.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
During October, the U.S. Army observes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – it is a dedicated period of time to focus on the Army’s communications and practices to ensure our networks remain safe and secure.
The network is no longer just a platform for communication and mission command but now enables every aspect of war-fighting functions, from logistics and maintenance to the integration of affects on the battle field.
The cyber threat to our Army and our Nation has become pervasive and increasingly sophisticated. There is an inherent risk to our forces, our Soldiers and our communities. Adversaries constantly probe and attempt to exploit our networks, seeking personally identifiable information and operational in nature. The cyber threat is REAL, GROWING, and SOPHISTICATED.
Compliance with information security policy, directives and instructions by users is of the foundation of our defense against adversaries in cyberspace. Success in cyber operations is a team effort and we depend on your awareness of the cyber threat and commitment to right action.
This means you are our first line of defense! Each Soldier, Army civilian and contractor has a vital role in ensuring mission accomplishment, while keeping our Soldiers and systems safe when connecting online. You are accountable for everything you do in cyberspace.
This October, take the time to learn on how to improve cybersecurity in your organizations, recognizing that enhanced security begins with our individual awareness and commitment. Remember that all actions in cyberspace can be tracked by third parties and that even actions that seem harmless can expose you, your unit and the mission to the threats from our adversaries and criminals. Reporting misuse and suspected violations to your chain of command is critical to our protection. Monitor your own online behavior, not just during Cyber Security Awareness month but with every keystroke on your computer.
The themes of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month for 2014 are:
Leader Awareness - Provides leaders the opportunity to better assess and review their organizational cybersecurity awareness, security practices and training that will help them and their people improve the overall Army security posture. Cyber is a Commander’s responsibility.
Individual Awareness - An opportunity for individuals to update and understand their roles and responsibilities to reduce the occurrence of security incidents that undermine national security and degrade operational capabilities. Securing this battle space is a task that we all share regardless of duty position, rank or grade.
Collective Training - Collective and team training for Army system administrators, cyber professionals, information assurance managers (IAMs), and network owners which are critical for managing risk and safeguarding Army networks and information.
Home and Family Awareness - Addresses cybersecurity issues that are unique to the home environment such as remote access, teleworking, and social media, which create significant cybersecurity challenges to Army networks and information.
Additional Resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month:
Cyber Awareness Links
Here are some resources to educate and help you before connecting or if you’ve become a victim of a cyber crime.
DoD Employees may download antivirus software from home.
Department of Homeland Security – National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Army Criminal Investigation Command – “CID cyber tips: Protecting your online identity”
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is and FBI-NW3C Partnership
Federal Trade Commission (Identity Theft)