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Cyber security is everyone’s job

  • Published
  • By Capt. Derek Cole
  • 48th Communications Squadron Plans and Resources flight commander
The U.S. Cyber Command will conduct the 48th Fighter Wing's Command Cyber Readiness Inspection Sept. 23 to 27.

This inspection is a detailed review of our base's Information Assurance programs, all aspects of the unclassified and classified networks, as well as analysis and scoring of critical cyber and physical assets that support these networks.

The CCRI covers both technical and non-technical components. The 83rd Network Operations Squadron, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and the 48th Communications Squadron are responsible for the technical components of this inspection. These include vulnerability scans, system patching and virus protection, just to name a few. The non-technical components of the assessment are the responsibility of the entire 48th FW and these items include physical security, communications security and information security.

"User awareness and vigilance is very important when it comes to protecting our information technology assets," said Master Sgt. Jason Harrison, Wing Information Assurance manager. "Users of RAF Lakenheath's network have a responsibility to protect it. Just as every person is a sentry that carries out basic steps to help protect our base, the same is true with cyberspace."

These things are all part of our everyday practices, and now we are about to be evaluated on them. To do your part in securing the network, please double check to ensure you are always doing the following:

· Restart computers daily
· Always remove your common access card when you leave your desk
· Maintain a clean desk policy to help protect sensitive material from wandering eyes
· Follow local classified network usage guidelines
· Never connect unauthorized devices (i.e., cell phones, flash memory-based storage drives, or iPods) to your government computer
· Never bring cellular devices into areas that are used to process classified information
· Properly inventory and sign safe checklists
· Do not use communications closets for storage

Much like following an Operational Readiness Inspection, the 48th FW will receive an overall grade of: Outstanding, Excellent, Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Defense Information Systems Agency determines if we have vulnerabilities on our networks and in our facilities. As always, the goal in the Liberty Wing is the top grade of "Outstanding", and we need your support to achieve that feat.