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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Getting 'readi' for cyber readiness

by Senior Airman Mary O'Dell
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

1/14/2014 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE-Wash. -- In February, Team Fairchild will undergo its first ever Command Cyber Readiness Inspection.

This is a Defense Information Systems Agency-led inspection designed to assess the security posture of Fairchild's unclassified and classified networks compliance with DISA security policy and directives.

"All of the work the 92nd Communications Squadron does to keep our network running securely is dependent on us," said Senior Airman Nicholas Leggett, 92nd CS communications security accountant and assistant wing information assurance manager. "Following policies and procedures to keep unauthorized users and software from getting on our network is a top priority."

Some information important to remember includes:

· Removing Common Access Cards to lock computers when not attended.
· Sharing passwords is prohibited. Any compromised passwords must be reported to your information assurance officer and changed immediately.
· Always reboot computers, never just log off. This will ensure patches and updates are installed.
· Properly mark all removable media-like Compact Discs with the appropriate classification sticker.

"Sending 'For Official Use Only' and Personally Identifiable Information documents is another important process users should know how to do," said Leggett. "All of this information and more is available to each network user on base."

Legget also said the CCRI will inspect the network infrastructure, vulnerability scans, wireless security and, perhaps most importantly, traditional and physical security. Users will also be approached and asked to demonstrate proper use, policy and procedure.

Although the majority of the CCRI will happen in the 92nd CS, each user on Fairchild has a role to play to ensure collective success.

"Our focus has shifted over the past few months to ensure that Team Fairchild is compliant with all current Department of Defense security directives," said Maj. Steven Brummitt, 92nd CS commander. "However, customer service for the 92nd CS and 141st CF will always remain a top priority."

For more information regarding the inspection or information assurance and protection, contact your unit IAO.

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