DVIDS – News – Digital Crusade

The U.S. military is the world’s leading projected power force, spanning domains from land and air to sea and even space. One area that remains overlooked in the news media is the world of cyberspace, home to an array of threats, both foreign and domestic, combated by a team of individuals dedicated to keeping our networks and the Internet secure.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency defines cybersecurity as “the art of protecting networks, devices and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information “.

“Cybersecurity is our best defense against the dangers that lurk online,” said Eric Carter, information systems security officer for Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Far East (NCTS FE). “In our connected world, dangers range from close and personal dangers (online presence) to political dangers (critical infrastructure such as voter registration databases) and everything in between.”

Aboard Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) and throughout the Indo-Pacific Command area of ​​responsibility, the NCTSFE Security Operations Center (SOC) maintains our digital defenses. Their protection responsibilities range from network monitoring and anomaly detection to problem solving.

“The SOC serves as the 24/7 eyes and ears for the NCTS FE cybersecurity team,” said Marci Watanabe, Director of the NCTS FE SOC. “We work with other cybersecurity-related organizations to provide the Navy with a comprehensive defense strategy to deal with everyday threats.”

Despite the steadfast protection provided by NCTS FE’s SOC team, however, as technology advances, the threats associated with it also increase, often veiled behind tactics that obscure the identity of a person or entity. organization, and sometimes even in the guise of nation states.

“Cybersecurity is continually evolving in response to foreign and domestic threats,” said NCTS FE SOC Cybersecurity Analyst Joel Beauregard. “The threat landscape is constantly changing, with new adversaries being discovered every week, and to reduce the risk of a malicious attack, users must always choose who they share their information with.”

According to Beauregard, after the initial spread of COVID-19, many institutions rushed to use online apps like Zoom and other social media platforms to meet with employees remotely without properly implementing security protocols. This sudden migration to cloud-based services has enabled an unprecedented number of digital attacks.

“Risks from inadequate security include having your computer wiped or locked by malware, attackers gaining access to your personal or sensitive information, or your computer being used to attack others. “, warned Mr. Carter.

Personally identifiable information should not be shared through unsecured networks and platforms. It is recommended that users always use complex passwords and never provide information that could lead to a physical attack, such as an address or travel plans.

“Understand what you are comfortable sharing and ensure the social media platform has the appropriate settings to control how your information is shared,” Watanabe urged. “Adversaries continue to use social media to target people who have access to sensitive knowledge or systems, especially military members and their families.”

To continuously keep the United States and militaries around the world safe, the Navy continually implements new technologies to counter any digital threats it encounters.

Recently, Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021 took place, in which live, virtual and globally integrated exercises spanned multiple fleets to refine and synchronize how maritime operations supported the force. spouse. LSE 2021 included several scenarios that tested the technology and warfare capabilities associated with the cyberfront.

“By exerting the full weight of our operational fleets, working together in a global mindset, we will truly harness the inherent flexibility of naval forces in sea control and power projection,” said Adm. Robert P. Burke, Commander of US Naval Forces. Europe.

These constant and consistent technology upgrades help the Navy identify any security gaps it may have and open up other opportunities for training exercises to help build its cybersecurity combat power, such as the “Hack the Machine” initiative.

“The purpose of ‘Hack the Machine’ is to provide a place for penetration testers and security experts to safely learn about attack tactics, techniques and procedures,” Beauregard says. “This understanding of computer and/or network attacks also gives security experts an edge when it comes to identifying security holes or vulnerabilities that may exist on their networks.”

Working closely with Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), a Department of Defense-sponsored science and technology institute, the Navy continues to test and evaluate the latest SOC-related capabilities.

“Our collaboration with ORNL will result in the improvement and productivity of cybersecurity combat capabilities across the Navy,” promises Watanabe. “The NCTS FE SOC also provides information to the Center for Naval Analyzes to standardize SOC operations across the Navy.”

As technology advances, so does the Navy. Their ability to attack, defend, and project their power in cyberspace relies on the help of many in the ongoing battle for technological supremacy.

“It is only through the continued situational awareness and hard work of our ‘information warriors’ in conjunction with the attentiveness of our shipmates and their family members, that the networks of the Navy in the Far East are safe,” said NCTS FE Commanding Officer Capt. Jenna Hausvik. “It is their efforts that enable the execution of great power competition preventing opponents from gaining a foothold.”

For more than 75 years, CFAY has provided, maintained, and operated base facilities and services in support of forward deployed naval forces of the U.S. 7th Fleet, tenant commands, and thousands of military and civilians and of their families.

Date taken: 11.01.2021
Date posted: 11.04.2021 00:56
Story ID: 408659

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