Though National Cyber Security Awareness month
is officially recognized in October, it is a topic that is relevant to the Fort
Detrick community 24/7.
The National Cyber Security Alliance shares on its official page that cyber security is about ensuring that “every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.” For the Fort Detrick community, cyber security means taking the necessary measures to ensure national security interests as well as protect personally identifiable information.
As the weather gets warmer, we all spend more time outdoors. Anytime you leave your work station, it is important to remember to follow all security practices that are currently in place, including removing your common access card anytime you leave your desk, even for a minute, and not having your CAC cards visible when off post.
“I think that individual users are the first line of defense for cyber security,” said Brent Hunter, chief of the Information Assurance Division at the Network Enterprise Center. “We have an annual requirement to take Cyber Security Awareness training in order to gain and keep access to the network. The training is designed to provide users with basic cyber security principles. Users have to be aware of, and practice, these principles on a daily basis to help protect the Army network.”
Additional security practices include:
- Never leave classified information or classified computers/equipment/hardware unattended, unless it is located in a formally approved Open Storage Area.
- Do not use your Communications Closets as storage areas.
- Ensure you are following your unit's Security Standard Operating Procedures, particularly those involving end-of-duty day checks.
- Know who your security manager and information assurance support officer are.
- We recommend that you log onto your secure network multiple times per week to keep your security patches up to date.
- Never open an email attachment from unknown/unverified senders.
- Protect all sensitive and PII by encrypting e-mail and files.
Hunter continued, “Users should be aware of who their information assurance support officer/security manager is for their organization and what the organizations incident response plan is. This information is critical if users suspect their systems have been compromised or if they see something that looks suspicious.”
For more information about cyber security, visit http://www.arcyber.army.mil/cyber-awareness.html.