Today’s world is heavily influenced by technology and digital media, making cyber security a hot topic, especially for the federal government in light of the recent hack to the Office of Personnel Management system.
Cyber security is about protecting personal information and communication by preventing, detecting and responding to attacks, according to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
According to Sam Grimes, team lead of the Network Enterprise Center Cyber Security Compliance Branch, “employees need to be vigilant and remember the tips from their annual security trainings.”
Employees should always:
• Practice OPSEC when away from the office.
• Treat personally identifiable information as protected information.
• Encrypt PII when transmitting via e-mail.
• Ensure only trusted websites are visited and links within e-mails are only opened from trusted sources.
• Bring laptops into the office on a monthly basis so the assets can be scanned and security findings remediated.
As the Fort Detrick community prepares for an upcoming cyber security inspection, it is important to remember to be vigilant about the measures in place to protect personal information, as well as the local networks on post.
“Attackers are looking for a way to get in. The smallest thing we do could give someone a window to get in, and once they’re in they have the ability to move around,” said U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management and Chief Information Officer Barbara McFadden earlier this year. “And we’re not talking about people who don’t know what they’re doing. They’re trained hackers.”
According to McFadden, everyone can be a cyber-security professional, meaning everyone maintains the same responsibility to be aware of threats and take the appropriate security measures.
“Cyber security is the digital world’s hygiene ‘barometer’ of sorts. If an employee is sick we prefer that they take leave and not infect others employees within the office. The same applies to our devices and the ease in which a non-secured device can lead to infecting other devices,” said Grimes. “By ensuring a healthy cyber security hygiene, we are ensuring the network’s health as a whole.”
Each day, employees at Fort Detrick should be mindful to follow the cyber security measures in place. Some of these measures include:
• Do not leave your Common Access Card in your computer when walking away. If you are out of sight of your computer, your CAC card should be with you.
• Make sure you are not using a wireless keyboard or mouse as they are not approved items.
• Do not post Personally Identifying Information online, including on social media sites.
Source: DC Military